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“Lame-duck Congress tries to deliver a lump of coal to military families”

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My Monday Washington Examiner column blasts the lame duck Congress for moving to cut military pay and benefits and urges readers to let Republican senators know they ought to stop it.

The Military Times is also running a three part series on the plummeting decline in the morale of the military and the quality of life among military families, part one of which is titled “AMERICA’S MILITARY: A force adrift.”  The subtitle is “How the nation is failing today’s troops and veterans.”  It should be must-reading for Republican senators headed back to D.C. Monday, and their staffs who live year round inside the Beltway, but I doubt very much it will be read.  Too many Christmas parties to attend.

It will be an interesting debate to watch in the Senate this week, and an enormous opportunity for Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio.  As my column argues, the three of them, working together, could rally enough support and attention to filibuster and kill the bill until a GOP majority arrives in January, a majority that could begin to repair the damage done by President Obama, Harry Reid and the Senator Carl Levin-led Senate Armed Services Committee.  But it would take the courage to anger some of their colleagues who prefer a glide path to Christmas break even thought he House version of the National Defense Authorization Act was blasted by liberal Democrats as battering the uniformed troops, and even though it will be used to pummel Senate Republicans up in 2016 if they vote for it.  Hopefully someone is paying attention.  Watch and see.  Follow developments on Twitter via #KeepYourPromise.

The Twitter feeds for the key GOP senators facing re-election in 2016 are: @LisaMurkowski @MarcoRubio @MarkKirk, @RoyBlunt, @KellyAyotte, @SenatorBurr, @RobPotman, @SenToomey and @SenRonJohnson, from Alaska, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin respectively. Let them know what you think. You can be assured their staffs monitor their twitter feeds. Ask them to block the NDAA, even via filibuster if necessary, until these cuts are reversed.





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