The government funding bill on the floor this week includes a substantial increase in defense funding to help keep Americans safe. This marks a down payment on President Trump’s pledge to rebuild our military for the 21st century. And it does so without breaking existing budget caps.
But that’s not all.
Democrats have long demanded that any increase in defense funding must be equally matched with more non-defense spending. That harmful precedent ends this week—a significant departure from the Obama years, and a big win for the new administration.
We have stopped Democrats from hamstringing these critical investments in our military. This comes in light of a deepening readiness crisis under the Obama administration, which has weakened our ability to defeat ISIS and led Air Force and Marine pilots to literally salvage spare parts from museum ships and planes. Thanks to this bill, ensuring our troops have the tools they need to complete their missions will no longer come at the expense of more wasteful Washington spending.
There is still work to be done to bolster our military, but this bill makes significant progress toward fiscal sanity and U.S. national security.