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House lawmakers warn Pentagon against choking off information flow

Lauren Meier The Washington TimesMay 23, 2019

The leaders of the House Armed Services Committee are hitting back at a memo from acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan that they say will restrict the information lawmakers receive from the Pentagon on military operations.

Committee Chairman Adam Smith, Washington state Democrat, and Texas Rep. Mac Thornberry, the panel’s ranking Republican, said in a joint statement late Wednesday that the new policy “would dramatically limit Congress’ ability to execute our constitutional prerogative.”

The internal memo, first obtained by The Washington Post, details the criteria for when Pentagon officials can provide information on operational plans and orders to congressional offices and committees.

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