U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and chairman of the Readiness subcommittee, issued the following statement after the Senate released a long-term budget deal today.
“This deal is necessary because it provides the funding our military desperately needs. Our armed forces are facing the greatest threats in history and after chronic underfunding by President Obama, our readiness and modernization efforts have fallen significantly behind both our adversaries and our allies.
“President Trump has joined Congress in rightly prioritizing our military and his Administration’s National Defense Strategy recognizes the severe threats we face. Russia, China, North Korea, Iran and Islamic terrorism are all stacking up against us, and we need to provide significant new resources to our military to adequately address these threats.
“With this agreement, we are securing a pathway to fully fund the President’s defense priorities while simultaneously decoupling our military from the Democrats’ demands of providing the same level of increases for domestic social spending. Our troops are counting on us. I urge all of my colleagues to pass this deal.”
Secretary Mattis gave testimony in a House Armed Services Hearing yesterday.
Mattis: “I regret that without sustained, predictable appropriations, my presence here today wastes your time, because no strategy can survive without the funding necessary to resource it. We all know America can afford survival…”
Mattis: “Let me be clear: as hard as the last 16 years of war have been, no enemy in the field has done more to harm the readiness of the U.S. military than the combined impact of the Budget Control Act’s defense spending caps, worsened by operating in 10 of the last 11 years under continuing resolutions of varied and unpredictable duration.”