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The leader of the House Armed Services Committee does not like the idea of floating more money to the Defense Department to keep its industrial base companies working as coronavirus continues to shake the economy.
Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) said he thinks the more than $10 billion Congress afforded DoD in the March stimulus bill was enough aid for the most costly government agency.
“We don’t need to give them any more money,” Smith told reporters Tuesday during a Defense Writers Group teleconference. “The last time I looked they had not yet spent even half of the stimulus money. Gosh, everybody, every state, every locality, every federal agency, certainly every business has had to adjust in light of COVID-19 and the impact that it has had. I have yet to see evidence that DoD cannot adjust within their existing budget string.”
This year’s defense budget for 2021 was set at $741 billion by the budget deal agreed to earlier this year; that is, only if Congress can pass an appropriations bill. However, some progressives and fiscal conservatives are joining forces in calling for a cut to defense spending to reinvest in domestic accounts or lessen the deficit accrued by …

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