Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee on Monday, Defense Secretary James Mattis told members of Congress they’ve caused “harm” by their lack of leadership in regard to military funding, according to the NY Post. The former Marine Corps general said he was “shocked” by the decline in U.S. military readiness and essentially placed all of the blame squarely on the members of Congress.
The Pentagon chief is asking Congress to pass President Trump’s 2018 spending request of $639.1 billion and chastised Capitol Hill lawmakers for imposing automatic spending cuts known as sequestration which he says is a bigger threat to our military then the enemy in the field.
“While nothing can compare to the heartache caused by the loss of our troops during these wars, no enemy in the field has done more to harm the combat readiness of our military than sequestration,” Mattis said. “We have only sustained our ability to meet America’s commitments abroad because our troops have stoically shouldered a much greater burden.”
“I retired from military service three months after sequestration took effect,” Mattis who retired in 2013, said. “Four years later, I’ve returned to the department and I have been shocked by what I’ve seen about our readiness to fight.”
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