Moments ago, members of the House Armed Services Committee rallied behind the bipartisan budget agreement as a win for our men and women in uniform.

As Chairman Mac Thornberry explained,

“The cap deal that leadership announced today begins to repair our military. And for me, that’s the highest priority of the federal government, because it is fundamentally wrong to ask people to go out and perform missions for which they are not fully prepared, fully trained, fully supported with the best this country can offer.”

The press conference followed a briefing earlier today by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who argued that Congress’ practice of funding the Pentagon with short-term spending bills is inhibiting our military:

“I cannot overstate the negative impact to our troops and families’ morale from all this budget uncertainty. Today’s Congressional action will ensure our military can defend our way life, preserve the promise of prosperity, and pass on the freedoms you and I enjoy to the next generation.”

That is why this vote is so critical. It will stem the tide of uncertainty and underfunding that is hurting our troops’ ability to do their job. It’s time to get this done for the brave men and women who put their lives on the line for our safety.