Statement : Defense

March 11, 2020 Statement
"It is in this environment of uncertainty that the Committee must review the Administration’s budget request for Afghanistan, which is dated. General, we need your best assessment of the situation as it is today. With respect to plans for U.S. troop withdrawal, the Committee needs to understand which bases are closing, which of our units are coming out, and when. We need to know the costs attributable to the drawdown and where the money would come from. This is made more problematic since the Administration has used of nearly all of its transfer authority to build the border wall."
March 10, 2020 Statement
"We recognize that this is an extraordinary time for the United States Army. Our nation presently has over 187,000 soldiers deployed in 140 countries around the world. These soldiers are the Army’s most critical resource. We will talk today about the training, equipment, and resources needed to give our soldiers the skills and tools needed to accomplish their missions. But we would also like you to know that the members of this Committee care deeply about the welfare and quality of life of our men and women in uniform. We want to make sure we take care of these needs, as well."
March 5, 2020 Statement
"There are serious questions on how medical reforms have been accounted for in the President’s Budget request for Fiscal Year 2021. Across the spectrum of the military health system, from medical readiness to beneficiary care, in many cases the budget justification lacks the adequate detail for the subcommittee to make informed decisions."
March 4, 2020 Statement
"Further, such a significant reorganization cannot be approached lightly or haphazardly, as it is critical that the foundation crafted is well constructed and provides a path to success for the Service, and the Department as a whole. It is essential that those forming the policies and procedures for the Space Force actively engage the Congress, particularly the Appropriations Committee, to build and sustain support for the Space Force and its mission. This will require that the Department provide unprecedented transparency to ensure that there is a common understanding and expectation of what this new Service will do, how it will do it, and what resources are needed."
March 4, 2020 Statement
"What is even more disturbing to me, is the fact that the Department of Defense chose to transfer $911 million of fiscal year 2020 shipbuilding funds to support the President’s misguided effort at the southwest border. We hear time and again that more ships are required but then actions like these are taken, severely undercutting the credibility of that argument. Needless to say, these wall reprogrammings have completely broken the trust between the Department and the Committee."
March 3, 2020 Statement
"This Subcommittee has provided the Reserve Component with significant resources through the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account – an appropriation which is not included in the President’s Budget Request, as well as additional funding for counter-drug operations, Humvee modernization, helicopters, fixed wing aircraft, and more."
June 12, 2019 Statement
"The bill would provide $690.2 billion for the Department of Defense, which is $15.8 billion above the fiscal year 2019 enacted level and $8 billion below the request. The base funding recommendation is $622.1 billion, which is $15.6 billion above the fiscal year 2019 enacted level and $88.2 billion above the request. The overseas contingency operations recommendation is $68.1 billion, which is $165 million above the fiscal year 2019 enacted level and $96.2 billion below the request."
May 20, 2019 Statement
"In a dangerous world, we must be united to ensure our armed services have the equipment, training, and resources to succeed at every level."
May 20, 2019 Statement
"But most importantly, the Subcommittee has been focused on the well-being and morale of those in uniform, their families, DoD civilians, and defense communities."
May 15, 2019 Statement
"National defense is of paramount importance, and our committee’s commitment to securing American interests at home and abroad should transcend party lines. The world becomes more dangerous each day, and we must be united to ensure our armed services have the equipment, training, and resources to succeed at every level."

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