Rep. Faso calls spending deal a compromise
February 09, 2018 02:22 PM
Republican Congressman John Faso was in Washington Friday and voted for the spending deal before hopping a plane back to New York.
Speaking with NewsChannel 13's Jerry Gretzinger at our studios in Menands, he called the deal a compromise and defended the dramatic increases in military spending -- saying it was necessary to address existing threats and a variety of shortfalls.
"It's over and above what the president had requested when he initiated his budget," noted Faso.
"The lack of funding for munitions and ammunition and spare parts and training and readiness -- that's what really was causing a lot of concern. We lost 82 people last year in training accidents. We lost, to compare, about 23 people in military engagements. So this has really raised a lot of alarms within the Congress and in the Defense Department."
Faso says the spending deal accounts for just 28 percent of federal spending. The other 72 percent is mandatory spending -- including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Other provisions in the deal will provide help to dairy farmers and energy businesses like Plug Power.
Updated: February 09, 2018 02:22 PM
Created: February 09, 2018 02:15 PM
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