Bill Would Block Taxpayer Money for Military Parade

by Elizabeth Ruiz

A congressman from Fort Worth is leading a fight to block taxpayer funding for a military parade as requested by President Trump.

U.S. Representative Marc Veasey, a ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee’s tactical Air and Land Subcommittee, has introduced the PARADE (Preventing the Allocation of Resources for Absurd Defense Expenditures) Act.

The bill would prevent allocating taxpayer dollars on any type of grand military parade requested by the President or the Department of Defense.

The Democrat says the legislation would “prevent taxpayer funded resources to bring an authoritarian-inspired show-of-force to life.”

He filed the measure after President Trump instructed high-level officials from the Defense Department and the White House to organize a military parade that showcases the might of America’s armed forces.

“As a strong supporter of our military and their families, I know we are all beyond thankful for the sacrifices our military make on behalf of our country every day. An expensive political ploy whose sole aim is to boost Trump’s approval ratings is an insult to their service and detracts from resources needed to provide meaningful assistance to veterans and current service members,” Congressman Veasey said.

“At a time of increased global tensions, now is not a time to politicize our troops. Our service members and veterans are best served with substantive actions to support their needs at home and abroad. Increasing military pay, procuring the best military equipment, hiring more VA doctors, helping our military spouses get better employment and their children get better schools are all better investments of our military dollars than flashy parades,” Veasey said.

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