|For Immediate Release:
February 27, 2017
Claude Chafin (202) 225-2539
|THORNBERRY ON LOW DEFENSE BUDGET OUTLINE NUMBER
‘WE CAN AND SHOULD DO MORE’
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following comments in response to reports that the Trump Administration plans to offer a $603 billion budget for defense:
“Over the course of the Obama Administration, our military funding was cut 20 percent while the world grew more dangerous. While we cannot repair all of the damage done by those cuts in a single year, we can and should do more than this level of funding will allow.
The Administration will have to make clear which problems facing our military they are choosing not to fix.
We cannot make repairing and rebuilding our military conditional on fixing our budget problems or on cutting other spending. We owe it to the men and women who serve and to the American people to protect our nation’s security under all circumstances.”