McKeon’s Defense Bill Hold Up Will Prevent Troop Bonsuses, Impede Overseas Ops

Breaking his pledge to pass clean defense bills that aren’t “weighed down” by social issue riders, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said last week that he would refuse to pass the Defense authorization bill if it did not have a ban on gay marriages by military chaplains. Yesterday at the Heritage Foundation, the Defense Department’s top legal adviser Jeh Johnson warned of the consequences if McKeon gets his way, Defense News reports: “Unless Congress acts to pass an authorization bill or includes the needed legislation in a separate bill or a Continuing Resolution, the Pentagon will not have the authorities it needs to give troops bonuses or carry out certain operations overseas, Johnson told an audience at the Heritage Foundation Oct. 18.”