Look for cuts in federal defense funding, including in North Alabama. Mo Brooks thinks reducing the deficit is the number one priority and he's willing to make his district suffer for it.
“I hate sounding so melodramatic,” Brooks told The Times editorial board, “but I do want to emphasize the seriousness of (the deficit) …. We're looking at truly catastrophic effects on our country.”
Brooks took office in January and joined a new Republican House majority determined to cut federal spending. On Wednesday, he returned repeatedly to what he called the urgent need spend less while still funding programs he supports, such as NASA.
And where does Brooks want to get the money for his mythical funding increases at NASA? By reducing unemployment compensation (better put people back to work first, Mo), cutting the National Science Foundation budget, and cutting money for global warming studies. All shortsighted cuts and the latter ones can't possibly yield much money because there isn't much money there to begin with — certainly not enough to offset the $4 to $7 billion in defense R&D cuts he's talking about. Welcome to Mo's world:
I want to cut federal spending, just not my federal spending.
Should have thought this one through before he went to Washington.