MAGA firebrand Matt Gaetz (R-FL) successfully blocked a “woke” amendment to the Pentagon’s annual spending bill during a marathon mark-up session on Wednesday.
The amendment would have required defense contractors that work with the U.S. military to divulge what they are doing to promote “diversity, equity, and inclusion,” Breitbart reported.
Gaetz kill woke amendment to defense bill
The amendment was narrowly blocked after two Democrats, Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), and Elaine Luria (D-VA), voted against it.
Gaetz had warned Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an annual spending bill that funds the military, would not pass unless they killed the amendment.
He also warned his fellow Republicans that passing the amendment would signal to Americans that the GOP is “waving the white flag” against woke “craziness” that is corrupting the military under President Biden.
Gaetz told a story about a conversation he had warning someone in the defense industry to prepare to explain what his company is doing to promote the LGBT agenda and diversity.
“I asked him, ‘at your company, what did you guys do for Pride Month?’ And he laughed at me and said, ‘We’re in the munitions and missiles testing business, we just focus on our mission.’ And I said, ‘Well, you better be ready to answer what you did for Pride Month.’ How what’s your plan for, you know, minority board members by 2050 at a certain percentage or ratio?’ It’s just craziness, whether it’s in our military or in the private sector,” Gaetz said.
Biden’s military goes woke
Biden wasn’t in the White House long before he ordered a controversial, costly, and time-consuming crackdown on so-called “extremism” in the ranks, part of an effort to inject woke ideology and “equity” into the armed services.
Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday ignored Republicans’ arguments about natural immunity to COVID-19 and blocked an effort to kill Biden’s vaccine mandate for service members.
The committee also voted to make it easier for Afghans who worked with the U.S. military to come to the United States, Military.com reported, and approved bonuses for troops to help them combat inflation.
Democrats blocked an amendment from Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL) that would have banned critical race theory in military academies.
After marking up the bill, the committee passed the NDAA with $37 billion more than Biden asked for, a sign of Congress’s commitment to the war in Ukraine.