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EXCLUSIVE: A plan proposed by Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, to “wake up” the US military was stopped by 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 for “awakened” Department of Defense (DOD) diversity, equity, and inclusion programs would have more restrictions
During a classified hearing Wednesday, Senate Democrats on the Armed Services Committee voted against both measures.
“The US military must focus on confronting the new ‘axis of evil’: communist China, Russia, Iran and North Korea. These regimes don’t care how awake our military is or what the pronouns of our soldiers,” 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 awakening. When our brave men and women fight on the battlefield, their children must be protected from indoctrination.” funded by the government. These proposals are not controversial. Democrats should be happy to support them and help refocus energy and effort at the Department of Defense where it belongs: on fighting our adversaries.”
The military has recently come under scrutiny from Republicans in Congress for enacting new diversity and inclusion initiatives, which they say move away from the military’s primary mission of protecting the country.
However, former Pentagon spokesman John Kirby previously dismissed these GOP claims, saying that the argument for “waking up” in the military is “driving a stake through a straw man,” and that diversity and inclusion they actually strengthen the armed forces.
Blackburn’s first proposed amendment, “Stop experimenting on military children,” stated that parents, “they didn’t wake up the teachers,” should be at the center of their children’s education.
The senator cited examples of Department of Defense (DOD) teachers who have claimed that it is “appropriate” to hide a child’s gender transition from their parents.
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The amendment would require the DOD to inform or notify parents of “any matter relating to the mental, emotional, or physical health or well-being of their child.” In addition, it would guarantee that the elderly are informed about the medical care that their children or minor dependents can receive.
The second of the amendments, “Keep Our Military Focused On Lethal Threats,” would keep the military focused on “creating the deadliest fighting force on planet Earth,” and nothing more.
“Instead, Joe Biden’s military leaders are secretly trying to turn our brave fighters into social justice warriors,” the accompanying language read.
The amendment would have required the deputy secretary of defense to report to Congress on spending related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. It would also empower Congress to use its pocket power to control DOD spending and prevent the agency from using the funds as a “blank check” for DEI spending.
The senator points to a letter from Defense Secretary Mark Milley to Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, from earlier this year, stating that the military spent 5 889,082 man-hours to climate change and DEI activities.
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Additionally, the DOD budget confirmed that the Air Force spent $68 million on DEI initiatives in 2021.
Jack Reed, D.R.I. and Inhofe announced Thursday that the committee completed the NDAA markup for fiscal year 2023. It is the 62nd consecutive year that the Senate has met on a bipartisan basis to ensure funding for the nation’s fighting force. .
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Announcing the committee’s surcharge schedule in May, Reed wrote in a statement, “Together with Ranking Member Inhofe and our committee colleagues, I am committed to upholding our tradition of strong deliberation and bipartisan collaboration to ensure we provide our military men and women with the resources, training, equipment and capabilities they need to accomplish their missions and protect American families.”
Reed did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment about the marking.