Morning Action: D-Day Matters
D-Day. Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the invasion of Normandy. Heritage’s James Carafano explains why it remains such an important date in our nation’s history:
More than any other battle in the American memory, D-Day symbolizes the Americans going forth in the world when they had no other choice but to fight for what is right.
In many ways, D-Day was America’s battle. Every branch of the armed forces fought during the invasion of Normandy. The Navy delivered the troops. The (Army) Air Force took command of the sky. Sixty U.S. Coast Guard cutters provided search and rescue. Even a handful of Marines were on hand. And 160,000 GIs hit the beaches.
To pause and remember D-Day is in truth an opportunity for all of us to stop and recall the service and sacrifice of every fighting American from Bunker Hill to Baghdad. We are free and safe because they fought.
Reagan. The Associated Press reminds us that Ronald Reagan set the presidential standard for D-Day observances:
Ronald Reagan was the first [sitting president to attend a D-Day anniversary observance in Normandy], delivering an evocative and emotional remembrance on the 40th anniversary in 1984. Joining him were surviving members of an Army Rangers team that had scaled cliffs at Pointe du Hoc to silence German guns protecting the Normandy beaches.
“These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc,” Reagan said. “These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war.”
Before him, presidents acknowledged the D-Day invasion with words or statements, but none made a pilgrimage to the site, not even Dwight Eisenhower, who had been the supreme allied commander who ordered the invasion.
Obama. The Examiner’s Philip Klein explains how Barack Obama’s inner circle has become unleashed, and warns us to expect more unilateral action:
Whether it’s recognizing a Palestinian government that includes Hamas, negotiating with the Taliban, releasing five Guantanamo Bay detainees or imposing new regulations on carbon emissions, one thing is constant: The inner President Obama is being unleashed.
Like the end of his first term, in his second term, Obama has not been able to move any of his major legislative priorities through the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. But now, he’s no longer facing re-election, so he’s been more willing to assert himself in areas where the president typically has more influence – foreign affairs and regulatory policy.
Veterans. According to reports, Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT) 20% and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) 52% have struck a deal on a veterans bill, but CQ (sub. req’d) reports the deal could hit a snag because of the price tag:
But while Sanders and McCain managed to reconcile their policy differences before the Senate adjourns for the week, the prospect of emergency funding for the VA, which would not require offsets, may be resisted by fiscal conservatives in both the House and Senate.
The proposal’s authorization of emergency spending — which was disclosed in a one-page fact sheet but not mentioned in remarks by the pair on the Senate floor — is sure to spark renewed debate in Congress regarding whether such proposals should be offset with corresponding cuts elsewhere in the budget.
Such spats have occurred regularly in the years since Republicans took over the House in 2011. Conservatives have led the charge for offsets to disaster and other types of emergency aid, which was not offset in previous Congresses. That debate consumed Congress in the months after Superstorm Sandy hit land in late 2012; it took lawmakers more than three months to clear a $60 billion supplemental appropriations package to fund rebuilding efforts in the Northeast. That spending was ultimately not offset.
Fiscal hawks, concerned about rising budget deficits and what they see as a Congress that too often circumvents spending caps, has called for matching emergency spending with equivalent cuts elsewhere in the budget