Democrats attempted to sneak a provision that would have given a waiver to the possible Biden Defense Secretary pick.
According to Town Hall:
You can’t trust them. You can’t trust the Democrats. We all know this. If you give them an inch, they take a mile. We’ve all seen this movie. So, as the government was on the verge of a shutdown, they tried to get a little sneaky regarding Joe Biden’s secretary of defense pick. They tried to sneak a waiver into the spending bill, whose text has, as of this post being written at 12:07 PM, not been released. It’s a $900 billion-dollar spending bill that saw both sides duking it out over minutiae that should infuriate the American people. The haggling over what are rounding errors in federal budgeting was insane. At the same time, now that the 2020 election is over, Nancy Pelosi—who admitted she torpedoed COVID relief payments for political reasons—now wants to give families who suffered economic devastation for months some money. Too late, lady. Democrats enjoyed screwing over millions of people to better their chances of winning a national election. And there will be no accountability, the large shade cast by the liberal news media offers plenty of protection. Yet, this bill is huge, with many cracks and crevices to hide things—like a waiver for retired Gen. Lloyd Austin, Biden’s pick to run the Pentagon (via Axios):
Democrats are trying to tuck a waiver allowing retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to serve as President-elect Joe Biden’s defense secretary into a year-end government funding bill that must pass by tonight to avoid a shutdown, three sources familiar with the push tell Axios.
Attaching the waiver to the omnibus would give political cover to some Democrats, including at least four on the Senate Armed Services Committee who have already gone on record opposing it.
Austin, a four-star Army general who retired in 2016, has not yet been out of uniform for seven years as required by law.
There are no real issues with Austin except for the fact that he has not been out of uniform for 7 years. Trying to bypass that law is just another dirty trick by the Democrats.
It is also reported that there was no reason for the attempt due to the fact that Republicans are willing to grant Austin a waiver like the Democrats did for James Mattis.