Senators Pat “Memory Pills” Roberts and Sam “More conservative that McCain, fewer wives than Giuliani” has come out against a bill funding base realignment and closures (BRAC) funding for two Kansas forts. They want those funds removed from a spending bill, despite the fact that Kris Kobach and the Kansas Republican Party have said that a vote against those funds would “severely damage the ability for Ft. Riley and other military installations across the country to complete the BRAC process.” Those complaints were aimed at Congresswoman Boyda when she voted for a broad spending package that didn’t include those BRAC funds. At the time, she promised the funds would be added to later spending bills.
Last year, the Republican Congress failed to carry out its major Constitutional obligation, passage of bills appropriating funds for federal programs. These bills must pass every year, and Republican leaders, more preoccupied with staying out of jail than with the people’s business, let it slip.
The new Congress acted fast. To avoid the horsetrading and delay involved in writing new appropriations bills, they passed a “continuing resolution,” which allocates funds according to the previous years bills, simply continuing the decisions made before. That decision left out money promised for BRAC programs at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth, funding needed for new barracks to house the Big Red One and a new prison. The Kansas GOP attacked Congresswoman Boyda for helping pass that continuing resolution, claiming that a vote for it was a vote “to cut funding from Fort Riley.”
Now, as Congress prepares to appropriate those funds in the Iraq supplemental, Roberts and Brownback are complaining. They are worried, they say, that the President might veto the bill, which contains provisions requiring that troops deployed to Iraq be adequately trained, rested, and equipped with body armor.
Todd Tiahrt voted against those provisions in committee, preferring loyalty to a failed presidency over the safety of American troops. Now Roberts and Brownback propose to do the same thing. Rather than fight the President and demand that he not veto the bill, they prefer to preemptively defend his decision to endanger soldiers’ lives, and are prepared to sacrifice readiness at Kansas forts to do so.
It’s like this classic scene from “Brownback Mountain”:
I wish I could quit you.