“Cannot be secured and cannot be sustained,” Clair McCaskill referring to construction in Afghanistan.

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today introduced a measure that aims to use funds for large-scale construction projects in Afghanistan on the construction of roads and bridges in America. McCaskill, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, delivered a floor speech today in which she explained her plan to limit U.S. Defense Department spending on unsustainable infrastructure projects in Afghanistan. The limits would not affect any resources directly supporting U.S. troops. The savings that result from the limits would be redirected from infrastructure projects in Afghanistan to road and bridge projects in the United States where there is currently an $2 trillion backlog in road, bridge, and infrastructure needs.

“This is a very small percentage of the money we’re spending in Afghanistan,” McCaskill said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “The majority of the money we’re spending is to support our troops on the ground, to train the Afghan army and to integrate and train the Afghan police so that there can be rule of law and stability in these communities. Taking this money away doesn’t have any impact on any of those activities. It’s just saying, we probably … need to take that money and build some roads in the United States, where we don’t have to hire security to keep people from getting shot who are building them.”

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