UPDATED 6:29 PM PT – Friday, May 28, 2021
Republicans in both chambers of Congress are rejecting Joe Biden’s defense budget request, calling it ‘wholly inadequate.’ The ranking members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committee recently issued a joint statement voicing their frustration.
Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe (R) and Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers (R) argued the proposal doesn’t give our military the resources it needs. Biden is requesting $753 billion for defense spending which is less than a two percent increase and less than the three to five percent Republicans deem adequate.
JUST IN: Ranking Republicans of the Senate & House Armed Services committees reject @POTUS FY 2022 defense budget as “wholly inadequate”
— Jeff Seldin (@jseldin) May 28, 2021
Inhofe and Rogers said, “it’s disingenuous to call this request an increase because it doesn’t even keep up with inflation…it’s a cut. Fundamentally, it does not adequately resource the 2018 National Defense Strategy, forcing impossible choices between readiness and modernization upon commanders and troops.”
Republicans say the budget sends a bad message to our adversaries, such as China, that the U.S. isn’t doing enough to defend itself.