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Congressman Brad Schneider

Representing the 10th District of Illinois

Schneider to Introduce Bill to Block Trump’s Military Parade if it Hurts Military Readiness

February 8, 2018
Press Release
“Severe concerns about the cost, diversion of resources, and effect on readiness” of parade says Schneider

Today, Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) announced he will introduce legislation that would block President Trump’s proposed military parade if it negatively affects the readiness of our armed forces.

The Preparedness Before Parades Act requires the Secretary of Defense to certify to Congress that any parade, including the diversion of personnel/equipment and the financial cost, will not negatively affect the military readiness or budgetary needs of the Armed Forces.

“After more than a decade and a half of combat and years of unnecessary budget dysfunction, we are stretching our military to the breaking point,” said Schneider. “I have severe concerns about the cost, diversion of resources, and effect on readiness of a large-scale parade seemingly conceived only to please the whims of the President. The best way to honor our men and women in uniform is by supplying the training, equipment, and support they need to succeed on the battlefield and get them back home safely. This bill ensures our military leaders are consulted and that any parades do not distract from their critical missions.”

In recent years, the military has operated under intense budgetary pressure, including uncertain continuing resolutions and damaging sequester caps which harm the military’s ability to plan for in the future.

The bill notes Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’s February 2018 quote that: “as hard as the last 16 years of war have been, no enemy in the field has done more to harm the readiness of the U.S. military than the combined impact of the Budget Control Act’s defense spending caps, worsened by operating in 10 of the last 11 years under continuing resolutions of varied and unpredictable duration.”

The text of the legislation is available online.