Betty McCollum wins military band spending battle

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McCollum says the Pentagon doesn't need anymore band aid.
Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum looks at the $324 million requested by the Pentagon to fund its 5,000 professional musicians in 154 military bands, and she sees the possibility of saving the taxpayers some money.

And the Republicans in control of the House are all about cutting the budget, right? So she offered an amendment in June to the 2012 Defense Authorization bill to cap the expenditure at $200 million. And it passed.

But a funny thing happened to the amendment when it fell into the hands of Texas Republican John Carter: He succeeded in having McCollum's amendment struck on a voice vote Wednesday night, and the $324 million was restored.

So McCollum came back with another amendment.

"Republicans are forcing cuts to law enforcement, firefighters, and homeless veterans," she said last night. "But they take a stand opposing limiting funding for military bands to $200 million as a national security priority?"

Maybe not. They backed down. The new amendment passed about an hour ago. And McCollum celebrated on her Facebook page.

This is the first defense appropriations amendment to cut defense spending.
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We're pretty sure national security won't suffer too much.

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DJ
DJ

Can the military bands absorb a cut in budget? Sure they can. Just don't complain when a military band can't come to your town's holiday parade. Oh yeah, when the Marine Corps General wants another 50 Marines to provide convoy security or augment the patrols, there might not be anyone in the band building to answer the phone. People, most of the 5000 musicians have two jobs - one musical and one military. Ironically, she is cutting one of the most cost-effective fields in the military.

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I am pretty sure that national security WILL suffer.  Have you country bumpkins never heard of public diplomacy?    

Human
Human

Oh Michelle. If you hate yourself that much just kill yourself. Poor little thing.

hammerhell
hammerhell

By the way, military bands just play music like photographers just take pictures and journalists just right words. The Vietnam war ended in part because people back home got a look at what was going on over their; courtesy of guys who were "just journalists".

http://www.google.com/search?t... play taps over the fallen while grieving widows and mothers clutch US flags to their chests; also at tax payer dollars. But hey what the hell, those are just pieces of cloth right? I'm sure an ipod and a plastic flag would be just fine. Lets not forget those serving over seas assisting in diplomatic relations. Yeah, that's right. There are places that will tell the US no to a visiting Flag/General Officer, but they will let a band come in. And what does the band do? They leave a lasting impression on a population of people that is something other than what Al Jazeera shows them. They show them that there is more to America than what they see on TV. But they're just playing music. Anybody could do that. It's not important to National Security. 

Maybe if more people were busy listening to music they wouldn't have time to listen to the Taliban. 

hammerhell
hammerhell

Maybe she could use some of that money to fix her mullet; just sayin

guest
guest

How about they look within Congress for budget cuts first!

Jim Ramsey
Jim Ramsey

Yeah a 38% reduction to .049% of the DoD total budget

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Rome wasn't built in a day dude.   How about a congrats and way to go.  Now watch the GOP slam "terrorist sympathizer Betty McCollum who rock blocked the troops.  Betty wants Al Queda to have the world's best Journey cover band.  Do you?  Vote Republican 2012"  

Human
Human

Michelle: if you spent more time digging up dirt they don't want you to know about and thinking for yourself like Jim does, and less on your career as a humorless humor blogger and tool of the left, you just may be able to save yourself.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

I've spent my whole life digging up dirt.  Want to know what I've found?   Republicans only work for rich people.   If you aren't a millionaire and you vote Republican you are so stupid its a miracle you are able to cook breakfast without killing yourself.  Also, in all my dirt digging I've found that Human is technically a sex offender even though most of his victims were animals. 

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Let me be the first to congratulate Betty McCollum! A 38% reduction is a good start. How about the rest of the budget by the same amount?

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