Senator Blackburn’s plan to “wake up” the army thwarted by the Democrats

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EXCLUSIVE: A plan proposed by Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., To “de-wake” the US military was halted by the Senate Democrats this week.

Blackburn, through two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), was working to ensure that military parents had control over their children’s education and that Congressional funding to “wake up” the Department of Defense (DOD) programs. diversity, equity and inclusion would have had more restrictions.

During a confidential hearing on Wednesday, Senate Democrats on the Armed Services Committee rejected both measures.

“The US military must focus on tackling the new ‘axis of evil’: Communist China, Russia, Iran and North Korea. These regimes don’t care how smart our military is or what our soldiers’ pronouns are,” Blackburn told Fox News Digital.

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“Pentagon leaders should spend their time learning lessons about their disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, not promoting critical race theory and wokeism. When our brave men and women are fighting on the battlefield, their children must be protected from government-funded indoctrination. These proposals are not controversial. Democrats should be happy to support them and help refocus the energy and efforts of the Defense Department to which they belong, to fight our adversaries. “

Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on February 24, 2022 in Orlando, Florida.
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The military was recently scrutinized by Republicans in Congress for adopting new diversity and inclusion initiatives, which they believe take away from the army’s core mission of protecting the country.

However, former Pentagon spokesman John Kirby previously dismissed these GOP claims, saying the argument of “vigil” in the military is “driving a stake through a straw man” and diversity and inclusion actually. make the army stronger.

Blackburn’s proposed First Amendment, “Stop Experimenting With Military Children,” stated that parents “did not wake up the teachers” should be at the heart of their children’s education.

The senator cited examples of Department of Defense (DOD) teachers who said it was “appropriate” to hide a child’s gender transition from his or her parents.

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The amendment would require the DOD to inform or inform parents of “any matter relating to their child’s mental, emotional or physical health or well-being”. In addition, it would ensure that legal adults are made aware of the health care their child, or dependent minors, can receive.

The second of the amendments, “Keeping our military focused on lethal threats,” would keep the military focused on “creating the deadliest fighting force on planet Earth” and nothing else.

Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley speaks to reporters after a virtual meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group at the Pentagon on May 23, 2022.

Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley speaks to reporters after a virtual meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group at the Pentagon on May 23, 2022.
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“Instead, Joe Biden’s military leaders are secretly attempting to turn our brave war fighters into warriors of social justice,” the accompanying language states.

The amendment would have required the Undersecretary of Defense to inform Congress about spending on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives. It would also allow Congress to use its stock exchange power to monitor DOD spending and prevent the agency from using the funding as a “blank check” for DEI spending.

Senator points to a letter from Defense Secretary Mark Milley to Senator Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., The senior member of the Armed Services Committee, earlier this year stating that the military spent 5,889,082 man-hours on climate change and the activities of the DEI.

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Additionally, the DOD budget confirmed that the Air Force spent $ 68 million on DEI initiatives in 2021.

Senator Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., Arrives for the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan and plans for future counter-terrorism operations in the Dirksen building on September 28, 2021.

Senator Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., Arrives for the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan and plans for future counter-terrorism operations in the Dirksen building on September 28, 2021.
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Jack Reed, DR.I. and Inhofe announced Thursday that the committee has completed the markup for the NDAA for fiscal year 2023. It is the 62nd consecutive year that the Senate has met in a bipartisan manner to secure funding for the nation’s fighting force.

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In announcing the committee’s markup program in May, Reed wrote in a statement, “Along with ranking member Inhofe and our committee colleagues, I am committed to upholding our tradition of solid bipartisan deliberation and collaboration to ensure we deliver to our military men and women with the resources, training, equipment and skills they need to carry out their missions and protect American families. “

Reed did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request to comment on the markup.