Washington( CNN) Lawmakers reacted angrily to reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is not spending money at his disposal to counter Russian disinformation and propaganda put under by violent extremists.

All the more reason, then, for bipartisan ire that Tillerson is choice not to expend the virtually $80 million already set aside for the GEC this year, a selection one lawmaker called “indefensible.”

State Department officials said that the postpone is part of a broader policy review intended to give Tillerson time to figure out what policies are best pursued and where money is best spent. The GEC is “just one part of the overall review, ” Brett McGurk, the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, told CNN's Michelle Kosinski.