October 31, 2019
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today after Senate Democrats filibustered defense appropriations legislation, blocking annual funding for the military, military families and critical national security programs.
“Today, Democrats put politics — and their three-year campaign to impeach our duly elected president — ahead of our troops. Every time military leaders come before the Senate Armed Services Committee, they say consistent, stable, on-time funding is the most important way Congress can ensure a strong national defense. I’ve heard it countless times, and I know my Democrat colleagues have as well. So I don’t understand why the Democrats are slow-walking support for our nation’s military. What sort of signal does this send to our troops — and to the world?
“Last weekend was a great reminder of what’s at stake. Our heroic special operations forces brought down the world’s most wanted terrorist, but terrorists are just one of many challenges we face. We’re still rebuilding our military. We’re still falling behind strategic competitors, China and Russia. While China has increased military spending by 83 percent over the last decade, Democrats in Congress can’t even agree to fund ours.
“We have a budget deal — an agreement that both sides approved. Now, we need to pass the defense authorization bill, and we need to pass full-year appropriations for our military. Failure to do so would stop our nation’s defense strategy in its tracks. It’s time Democrats come to the table to support our troops and fund our armed forces.”