#Expert Opinion: This year's debate over defense spending threatens to disrupt a tradition of bipartisan consensus-building over funding the militaryJuly 24, 20232 min read
Below is an excerpt from a piece written in The Conversation by Christopher A. Cooper, Professor of Political Science, Western Carolina University and Gibbs Knotts, Professor of Political Science, College of Charleston.
Each year for the past six decades, congressional representatives from both sides of the aisle have come together to pass the National Defense Authorization Act. Because the bill involves the military – a traditionally popular institution – it has historically received bipartisan support.
But that record was threatened in the Republican-led House of Representatives on July 14, 2023, when members passed the US$886 billion bill by a 219-210 mostly party-line vote. Reflecting the current polarized politics of the U.S., the bill stands virtually no chance of passing in the Democratic-controlled Senate without major modifications.
The measure lacked full support in the House, not because of differences over military funding itself, but because it included Republican amendments that put restrictions on diversity training, abortion access and medical care for transgender troops. The Conversation July 06
The full piece is attached and is a fascinating look at the history of this issue.
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Christopher A. Cooper is the Robert Lee Madison Distinguished Professor and director of the Public Policy Institute at Western Carolina University. He is also an expert in the areas of political behavior and behavioral public administration.
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Christopher A. Cooper Madison Distinguished Professor of Political Science & Public Affairs and Director of the Public Policy Institute
Christopher A. Cooper's research is on N.C. politics, southern politics, political behavior and behavioral public administration.