House Republican leaders struggled to an extraordinary degree to even begin debate on a defense spending bill, but after multiple efforts, that measure is now under consideration. That might not seem especially notable, but ahead of an eventual vote, members are also considering amendments to the legislation.
And that’s where we find the interesting part.
Thanks to the GOP majority, the spending bill for the military has already been changed to prohibit the Pentagon from implementing climate-related policies from the White House, and removing funding for the Defense Department’s office of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
But as The New York Times noted, there was one other amendment that stood out as notable.
The Republican-led House voted on Wednesday to reduce the salary of Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III to $1, as right-wing lawmakers tried to transform a Pentagon spending bill and a series of other funding measures into weapons to take aim at President Biden, his agenda and his top officials.
To be sure, there’s no reason to believe the nation’s first Black defense secretary will have to