Alaska's Sen. Sullivan frustrated about military spending bill 'filibuster'
Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan was obviously upset on the Senate floor in Washington D.C. on Thursday over what he called a Democratic filibuster when it comes to military spending.
On Thursday, The Hill reported senators voted 51-41 on whether to advance the military spending package. The bill needed 60 votes to move forward.
Sullivan says the defense appropriation bill includes a 3.1% pay raise for American troops as well as funding for 96 F-35 fighter aircraft.
"Huge boost to missile defense, most of which is based in the great state of Alaska. And it appropriates the funding to buy 96 F-35s in [fiscal year 2020]. These are the most sophisticated fifth-generation fighters. Two squadrons of F-35s will be coming to my state soon. This is funding for that," Sullivan said on the Senate floor, "To compete with China and Russia."
Sullivan's office says the first F-35s are expected to arrive at Eielson Air Force Base in April. Press secretary Mike Anderson said this issue could impact others F-35s headed to the base. A total of 54 of the aircraft are slated to come to Alaska.
When it comes to military spending, the Associated Press has reported in September that Democrats have been upset that Republicans would allow President Donald Trump to shift military money to build his border wall.
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