Rep. Adam Smith: GOP Opposition To Tax Increases Will ‘Crucify’ The Defense Budget

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) took aim at his Republican colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee, warning that GOP opposition to tax increases will inevitably result in big cuts to the defense budget. Smith, speaking on Thursday at the hawkish American Enterprise Institute, said that if committee members don’t engage in the larger budget issues, “defense will be crucified.” Republican members of the committee have become increasingly unwilling to compromise on their opposition to tax hikes and cuts to the defense budget, a position that Smith contends will result in deep cuts to defense spending. Watch it: