From NBC's Luke Russert
Toward the end of her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) broke ranks with President Obama and reiterated her call for the president's proposed spending freeze to include the Defense budget as well.
She charged that much of the wasteful spending in the U.S. budget is directly related to the Pentagon.
"I support taking care of our veterans," she said (based on a rough transcript of her quotes), "but not entitlement programs for military contractors. ... We must not ignore the Pentagon completely."
Pelosi made the point that a spending freeze must come regarding military contractors. This has been a liberal cause because of the amount of money charged to Uncle Sam by companies like Blackwater and Halliburton. Pelosi then gave examples, quoting Reagan administration officials talking about how the Pentagon's budget is routinely bloated.