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Thornberry worries Mattis is 'alone' in effort to increase defense spending; McCord denies reports of 'crisis'

February 16, 2017 |
Tony Bertuca
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Updated Feb. 17 at 10:27 AM House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said this week he is worried that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis might be unknowingly steered in the wrong budgetary direction by former Obama administration officials at the Pentagon, who, Thornberry asserts, have spent the past several years denying the existence of readiness problems and fighting congressional efforts to increase defense spending. "I think the problem is it's Secretary Mattis alone right now," Thornberry told reporters...

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