The Trump administration has taken its revenge on a key Democratic ally in Congress by suing to block a proposed amendment to a defense spending bill.
The administration has filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to block an amendment to the defense bill that would prevent the Pentagon from spending more than $1 trillion over a 10-year period.
The Pentagon’s proposed budget would cut funding for the war in Afghanistan and other overseas conflicts by about $2 trillion over the next decade, according to a report by the Congressional Budget Office.
That would reduce the war effort by about 60 percent.
The amendment, the Defense Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency Modernization Act of 2017, was introduced last year and is expected to pass the Senate this week.
It would prohibit the Pentagon to spend more than the specified amount on the war and other foreign security programs.
The proposal would also prevent the Department of Defense from spending any money beyond $100 billion over the 10-years period.
It does not include an explicit ban on the Pentagon spending money on any specific program.
It would also allow the Pentagon “to enter into contracts that do not require a waiver from the Office of Management and Budget,” the budget office said.
The proposed amendment would have been included in the defense spending legislation.
However, it was blocked by the Senate Armed Services Committee, which had not scheduled a hearing on the measure.
The Senate also is considering legislation that would prohibit any federal agency from spending funds that would be obligated to pay for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
The repeal bill, which passed in the House last week, would also bar the Pentagon and other federal agencies from spending money that would pay for health care for anyone under age 25.
The Trump administration also filed a court complaint against the Office for Civil Rights, a civil rights office within the Department that enforces federal civil rights laws.
The Office for Equal Opportunity, the complaint said, was in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act.
The OCR said the complaint was baseless and sought injunctive relief.