Tom McClintock’s Skewed Priorities

McClintock Skewed Priorities

“Don’t tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I’ll tell you what they are.”James W. Frick

Congress holds the power of the purse in our constitutional system of government. It is Congress’ job to decide where to spend the money our government takes from us to “provide for the common Defense and General Welfare.” Much of that money is spent on the Nation’s military, to ensure that the men and women who commit their lives to protecting us have everything they need to do that. But this Administration has decided it has different priorities. A year ago, it declared a national emergency at the border. It diverted $3.6 billion that had been allocated for military projects and other spending to a border wall. When the House took up a Bill that would have reversed that declaration — requiring the President to spend the money as Congress had decided in allocating it — Tom McClintock voted “No,” continuing his feckless and unquestioning support of this Administration. Republicans in the Senate agreed, and the Bill failed.

Members of the military and veterans across the country, including in California, will suffer from this shift in priorities. 127 military construction projects have been put on hold, including schools and projects meant to fix life safety violations, among many others. As this article explains, in California, the Administration is “removing $8 million from the California Air National Guard, which is money meant to train pilots for disaster response.” Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands — struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria — lost more than a dozen projects, subject to the Administration’s vague hope that Congress will replace the money in a future budget. Military members across the Nation will feel the effects of the second-class treatment by this Administration and those that support it.

Tom McClintock has shown us where his priorities lie. He could have stood with the men and women who serve our country and rejected the Administration’s decision to take billions of dollars that he and his colleagues had chosen to spend on military projects. Instead, he stood with a President determined to build a wall that will accomplish nothing. As one expert after another has demonstrated, a wall on our southern border will do little to stem immigration, but it will do immense harm.

California’s 4th District deserves better. We deserve a representative who sees our challenges with clear eyes and takes meaningful action to fix them. We deserve a representative who truly cares about what happens in this District. We deserve a representative who will fight for us.

Join us, as we fight to send Tom McClintock back to his own District, and to finally stop him from selling us out, one vote at a time.

Because we know, as Margaret Mead said, that “a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”