House Republicans slam ‘woke’ Pentagon spending — Analysis
Treis congressmen wrote a letter to US Military, requesting a breakdown of the financial expenses related to Pride Month
The US Department of Defense is splurging too much money on promoting Pride Month, while neglecting “Military preparedness” a faction of Republican congressmen has charged, in a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. The representatives say they want full accounting of the DOD’s use of taxpayer dollars spent on furthering diversity and LGBTQ values.
Andy Biggs from Arizona, who is believed to have been the one behind the complaint posted a Twitter message on Tuesday in which he asked Austin for data about such spending. Accompanying the message was a link to an article by the US media outlet The Daily Caller, containing excerpts from the congressmen’s letter.
The Left’s woke LGBTQ agenda has infiltrated the U.S. military under the Biden regime.Secretary Austin must provide a breakdown of how taxpayer money is being spent during Pride Month and how these initiatives enhance military readiness. https://t.co/wF3n8R59Bv
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) June 14, 2022
Judging by it, the thirteen Republican lawmakers wrote, among other things, that while the Department of Defense’s “budget is consistently among the highest in the federal government and while you consistently ask Congress for more funding, you’ve chosen to use it to promote social programs instead of advancing military preparedness.” The congressmen called on the Pentagon to focus “On the increasing threats to our country” instead.
Pride Month will be celebrated by LGBTQ activists between June 1 and June 30.
The DoD posted a variety of initiatives on several social media platforms, including one that highlighted the DoD’s Pride Month initiative. For example, the US Space Force posted this: tweet devoted to its LGBTQ Initiative Team, whose aim is to “Recognize and tackle issues that affect diversity and inclusiveness.” The US Marine Corps, for its part, published a message, saying the “USMC shows #Pride by recognizing the contribution of LGBTQ service personnel. We are committed to creating an environment that is free of discrimination and we defend our values of treating everyone equally with dignity, respect, and compassion.”
Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany, had planned to host a Drag Queen Story Hour early in June. However, this was cancelled after criticisms from parents, service personnel, and Senator Marco Rubio.
Explaining to The Daily Caller why he thought such practices were detrimental, Representative Biggs said: “US forces are designed to protect our nation and freedoms. But it’s unacceptable that taxpayer money is used to support a social agenda, and virtue signal.” The congressman went on to express concern that “adversaries like China and Russia are making a mockery of the Biden Administration’s leadership priorities.”
“We should be promoting our military capabilities – not rainbow bullets,” Biggs argued.
The Republican lawmaker diagnosed the “The Biden regime imposed a ban on the US military” as having been infiltrated by the “Left’s woke LGBTQ agenda.”
Four Republican lawmakers issued last July a report claiming that the US Navy was not prepared for major conflicts because its attention had moved away from combat-related activities. According to the lawmakers, the naval chain of command was instead busy working on “Programs to promote diversity, prevention of human sex-trafficking, suicide prevention and prevention of sexual assault.”