Sen. Cruz Wants to Divert Iran Nuclear Deal Money to Care for Military Dogs

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced an amendment to a Senate budget bill that would divert taxpayer funds meant to implement the Iran nuclear deal and, instead, give it to the Defense Department for the training and medical care of military dogs, including dogs who are deployed to war zones, according to The Washington Free Beacon.

“Cruz’s amendment was filed as Amendment 838 and would divert around $10 million allocated to the State and Treasury Departments for implementing the 2015 nuclear accord—specifically money that would be spent by the Biden administration granting sanctions waivers—and give it to the Pentagon’s military dogs. The amendment is meant to proactively prevent the Biden administration from spending American taxpayer funds on its expected push to reenter the deal, which former President Donald Trump abandoned in 2018,” The Beacon reports.

“The dogs, which play a vital support role in active wars, are primarily trained and rehabilitated after injuries by the 341st Training Squadron of the U.S. Air Force, based in Lackland, Texas,” according to The Beacon.

“Many of the dogs injured and being cared for in Texas saw service in Iraq. They were instrumental in locating explosives provided to terrorist militia groups by the Iranian regime. “

“In 2019 a hero military dog, a male Belgian Malinois named Conan, played an instrumental role and was injured in the raid that eliminated ISIS terror leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” The Beacon reports.

About Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith is a newcomer to Washington D.C. She met and married an American journalist and moved to D.C. from the U.K. She graduated with a B.A. in Graphics, Media, and Communications and worked in design and retail in the U.K.

Photo: WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 25: U.S. military K9 Conan, the dog that assisted Special Forces soliders in the raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, poses for photographs with U.S. President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and first lady Melania Trump on the Rose Garden colonnade at the White House November 25, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump talked about how the dog was a hero and said he presented the animal with a medal and a plaque. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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