Soon, the House will vote on legislation that fully funds our military so our troops get the resources they need to do their jobs. This bill is the single most important thing we can do to uphold our constitutional mandate to provide for the national defense of the United States.
Over the past year, and as recently as this week, Democrats have blocked efforts to fund our military at the levels requested by Secretary Mattis and our generals—the very same levels authorized by the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act.
But finally, with this agreement, we will free our military from the harmful spending caps and this destructive practice of funding our troops with stopgap spending bills. It raises defense spending for two years, providing much-needed certainty for our warfighters and for efficient military planning, execution, and oversight. And it breaks the Democrats’ reckless practice of tying dollar-for-dollar increases in defense spending with increases in discretionary spending.
That means we can properly equip our troops—the men and women who put their lives on the line for our freedom and security—with the resources they need to succeed on the battlefield. With North Korea ramping up its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities, and countries like Russia and China seeking to rival our military supremacy, ongoing cuts to defense spending are leading us in the exact opposite direction we need to be going. That all ends this week.
A vote for this bill is a vote to fund our military. A vote for this bill is a vote to equip our troops. And a vote for this bill is a vote to ensure our defense capabilities remain the best of any nation in the world.