MTG celebrates passing of her amendment to fire Pentagon leader

 September 28, 2023

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) celebrated the passing of her amendment to fire Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, calling it a "huge victory."

The amendment calls for Austin's salary to be reduced to $1, essentially firing the military leader.

The importance

“This is the first time that the Holman rule has been used in the 118th Congress, and it’s the first time the Holman rule has been used in years. So it was a huge victory,” Greene said.

“The recruitment numbers have reached a crisis level of low recruitment. The Army expects to fall 15,000 recruits short of its annual recruiting goal this year. The Navy is expecting to be short 10,000, and the Air Force is down another 3000. So that’s devastating. Under his leadership, no one wants to join the military,” she said.

Greene's victory

"I’m proud to let you know my amendment to FIRE Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin just passed on the House floor," Greene posted to X.

"Under his failed leadership, our military is being destroyed and he doesn’t deserve to serve any longer," she claimed.

What's next?

"Several unidentified lawmakers voted 'aye,' allowing the amendment to be placed in a defense appropriation bill," Business Insider reported.

"But the amendment is likely to go nowhere as the spending bill was already doomed to fail in the Senate. Adding Austin's salary cut would make passing the bill that much more unlikely," it added.

Regardless of the future outcome on the push, Greene argued that the approval was a win.

She also cited the 13 American military members killed in Afghanistan during the Biden administration's departure as another reason for her move.

The military issue is also a key part of the nation's spending bill which needs to be passed to keep the government from shutting down after this month.

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