WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Funding our nation’s military may have to wait until after the election. With just one more week until Congress goes on another long recess, there are other priorities to get to first.
"It’s about not funding the defense of the American people," said Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA). "It’s not just about our state, it’s about defending our entire country."
Isakson knows his vital military bases in Georgia will receive funding, but says it is just a matter of when. With a budget deadline next week, Isakson thinks a vote on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will have to wait until after November 8.
"It definitely hamstrings their progress and hamstrings their growth, and puts us more weak today than we were yesterday," said Isakson.
While some states may not receive as much military funding, Isakson says it is easy to show the crucial nature of Georgia bases, like Augusta’s Fort Gordon, when writing the legislation.
"(Fort Gordon is) the head of the Signal Corps and the head of the cyber command, which is the most important defensive mechanism for the future threats to our country," said Isakson.
Congressman Austin Scott (R-GA) agrees that it is easy getting others on board with funding Fort Gordon, Moody Air Force Base, and Robins Air Force Base. The difficult part is advancing the bill.
"My hope is that the House and the Senate will come together with a Conference Committee report and pass it," said Scott. "The President is going to do what the President is going to do."
President Obama has said he would veto the bill as it is currently written, citing inefficient use of funds and a provision that would make closing Guantanamo Bay Prison more difficult.
"I hope that in the end, he’ll do what’s right for national security and sign the bill even though he’s currently threatening vetoes," said Scott.
Funding expires September 30, but lawmakers are working on a short term solution to keep things afloat until the final bill is passed.