Stars and Stripes receives funding from the Defense Department but is editorially independent.
This is despite congressional efforts to continue funding the century-old publication.
A top story on the website Friday was headlined, "More than 3,000 VA patients have now died from the coronavirus".
The Pentagon's order to dissolve the publication is an attempt to slash the $15.5 million in funding for the paper from the department's budget. Signed by Army Col. Paul Haverstick, acting director of the Pentagon's Defense Media Activity, the memo said plans to shut down the paper are due on September 14, and the final newspaper publication will be on September 30. "And so we trimmed that support for that-for Stars and Stripes, because we need to invest that money, as we did with many, many, many other programs, into higher-priority issues", he said.
A bipartisan group of 15 senators wrote in a letter to Esper this week that the paper "is an essential part of our nation's freedom of the press that serves the very population charged with defending that freedom".More news: England beat Australia by two runs in final-ball T20I thriller
Mr. Lieu, who served in the United States Air Force and now serves as a colonel in the reserves, and Rep. Jason Crow, Colorado Democrat, a former Army Ranger, said Friday they plan on keeping pressure on the administration- and hope to get some support from Republicans. He desperately needs the military vote in November and calling them "losers" and taking away a historic outlet doesn't make him look great.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., wrote to Esper last month, saying that "as a veteran who has served overseas, I know the value that the Stars and Stripes brings to its readers".
Thus it is considered as a pride of America that is funded by the Defense Department. The bills now must be reconciled with the Senate. Nine members of that committee - the four Republicans and five Democrats - were among the senators who signed the letter to Esper.
Trump has been doggedly working to establish himself as the "law and order" president (by which I mean he attacks Black Lives Matter protesters whenever he can and tweets the words "LAW AND ORDER" in all caps a few times a week).
The decision to close the paper was not a snap call by the Pentagon.More news: Third phase of Sputnik V trials starts in Russian Federation
Congress appealed to Defense Secretary Mark Esper to reinstate the funding.
Stars and Stripes was first published during the Civil War and has served as a place for coverage of military news around the world since.
The editorially independent newspaper, which often contains criticism of top military leadership and U.S. officials, is delivered daily to USA outposts around the world, including in war zones.
House-passed versions of the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act and the Department of Defense Appropriations Act with each including $15.5 million in funding for Stars and Stripes. "I'm glad to have the president's commitment that it won't happen".More news: Major incident declared after multiple stabbings in Birmingham, UK