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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 01:44 PM

Esper defends stripping Stars and Stripes of all funding, says news organization is not a priority

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday defended the Pentagon’s effort to strip Stars and Stripes of all of its federal funding as part of its fiscal year 2021 budget request, telling reporters in Brussels that the independent news organization is not a priority.

“So, we trimmed the support for Stars and Stripes because we need to invest that money, as we did with many, many other programs, into higher-priority issues,” Esper said during a news conference at NATO headquarters. He listed space, nuclear programs, hypersonic missiles and “a variety of systems” as places the money — slightly more than $15.5 million — could be reinvested in the $705.4 billion Defense Department spending proposal.

Pentagon officials acknowledged Wednesday for the first time that the budget proposal completely cuts the subsidy that the department provides Stars and Stripes to print and distribute newspapers to troops deployed around the world, including remote and often-dangerous locations in places such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

Stars and Stripes receives about $8.7 million annually in operations and maintenance funds and about $6.9 million in contingency operations funds, said Marine Lt. Col. Chris Logan, a spokesman for Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist.

https://www.stripes.com/news/us/esper-defends-stripping-stars-and-stripes-of-all-funding-says-news-organization-is-not-a-priority-1.618614


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Reply Esper defends stripping Stars and Stripes of all funding, says news organization is not a priority (Original post)
douglas9 Feb 2020 OP
DURHAM D Feb 2020 #1
Midnight Writer Feb 2020 #2
abqtommy Feb 2020 #3
SCantiGOP Feb 2020 #4
sinkingfeeling Feb 2020 #5

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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 01:50 PM

1. Maybe Bloomberg will step up and fund it. nt

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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 01:59 PM

2. They need more money for defense contractors. And, I suppose, the wall.

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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 02:21 PM

3. Esper needs the money to pay the kick-backs that tRUMP demands...

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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 03:00 PM

4. Good

Let’s not forget that Congress appropriates funds; this is merely a wish list from Trump and can be ignored or overturned.
The good thing is, it drives another wedge between Trump and the GOP and their natural constituency of active/retired military.

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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 04:47 PM

5. Shameful. But got to build that wall.

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