In a House budget process that was messier than expected, Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio) came out a winner.
Turner, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, was a leading voice in the duel between fiscal conservatives and defense hawks over the amount of military spending in the chamber’s $3.8 trillion budget roadmap.
When the smoke cleared, it was Turner and his band of pro-defense Republicans who came out on top, securing an additional $20 billion in war funding that fiscal conservatives had tried to block.
“He’s been extremely important in the whole debate,” said Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.). “Mike’s great. He’s a great leader, and he actually did pull us together here. He’s rocking and rolling.”
Turner’s ascent began on Feb. 27, when he spearheaded a letter demanding that the House budget boost defense spending over the budget caps under sequestration.
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