WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement on the President's budget request for FY2021.
“The President’s DOD budget request for FY21 is consistent with the bipartisan budget agreement Congress passed last year. As a result, at a time when senior commanders and national security experts have repeatedly called for 3-5% real growth through 2025, DOD’s resources are essentially unchanged from last year’s levels. To compensate, Secretary Esper and our military leaders are implementing reforms and repurposing resources from lower priority functions to programs essential to the National Defense Strategy.
"The Secretary’s proposals require Congress to make some tough choices in the coming months. These choices will be consequential, but none of them are so difficult as to justify a continuing resolution. Even a short CR has the effect of cutting billions in military resources at a moment when the Pentagon budget is already under stress. Congress must consider this budget request expeditiously and free from extraneous partisan agendas, make our own policy determinations, and then pass it on time."