Inhofe Hosts Annual Army Breakfast

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and the co-chair of the Senate Army Caucus, today hosted the 2010 Spring Senate Army Caucus Breakfast with U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) in support of the United States Army and its senior leadership.  The breakfast is an annual event that brings together senior Senate leaders with Department of the Army civilian and military leaders in order to discuss critical topics for the Army and the Nation.   

“Defending America is our number one responsibility as members of Congress,” Inhofe said.  “I for one am very thankful for the dedicated men and women in our nation’s military  who continue to defend our country. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration is not providing the Department of Defense with the funding it needs to fight two wars, sustain its current capabilities and modernize to deter and defeat future threats.   Congress must remain committed to providing our soldiers with the best equipment and the best support in the world.” 

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said last Saturday that it is unlikely the defense budget will achieve real growth rates necessary to sustain the force.  Real growth in a defense budget typically ranges from 2 to 3 percent above inflation.  The President’s Fiscal Year 2011 defense budget grew less than two percent.  Both Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Chief of Staff of the Army General George F. Casey spoke to the group, providing an update to the Army’s priorities and challenges.