Finally, some money Congress managed not to spend last year! $20 million that Republicans set aside for a victory party—you know, celebrating our victories in Iraq and Afghanistan—has yet to be spent. AP reports:
The funds for "commemoration of success" in Iraq and Afghanistan were originally tucked into last year's defense measure, but they went unspent amid an uptick in violence in both countries that forced the Pentagon to extend tours of duty for thousands of troops.
When Democrats pointed out that a victory celebration was rather less helpful than a plan for victory, a spokesman for Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) argued that the bill passed unanimously, adding:
"Apparently they were for honoring the troops before they were against it."
So, the way for Congress to honor the troops is to plan elaborate parties while other people fight the war. Since that's the case, shouldn't Republicans have set aside more than $20 million? From what I gather watching reality television, that's the price of a low-end Sweet 16 party in Los Angeles.
Via To the People.