Administration-Pelosi Budget Deal Will Provide for the Common Defense

July 29, 2019

today we expect the House of Representatives will pass the two-year government's funding agreement that the Trump administration and Speaker Pelosi announced earlier this week I stand with the president who has publicly expressed his support for the agreement on several occasions and I'm grateful to the members of his administration who led the negotiations secretary minuchin acting chief of staff Mulvaney and Acting OMB director Vogt consider the circumstances of divided government this is a good deal after the House approves it today with bipartisan support I expect the Senate to do the same next week here's why it's a good deal because it achieves the number-one goal of the Republican side of the aisle providing for the common defense continuing our progress in rebuilding the Armed Forces of the United States and modernizing them so they can continue to keep Americans safe and project power for years to come this has been a top shared priority for this Republican Senate and this Republican White House for two and a half years Pentagon leaders need stable reliable and sufficient resources the greatest military on earth should not drift in uncertainty our service members deserve better than a string of funding crises and continuing resolutions our commanders need predictable resources and sufficient resources to lay the foundations for the future of our national defense service members deserve to deploy armed with state-of-the-art training and cutting-edge equipment their families deserve the best support services the nation can offer and the nation as a whole deserve the global presence that is up to snuff and competitive with the leaps forward in which our adversaries have invested heavily that's why we've delivered historic increases and resources for modernization and DOD reforms to ensure the US military is strong and agile enough to confront a growing number of threats to America and our interest that's why just a few months ago we authorized the largest year-on-year increase in defense vendors funding in more than a decade and now this funding agreement is the next step forward in that process so Madam President every member of this body knows the threats we face are serious and getting more serious the resurgence of great power competition with nations like Russia and China the destabilization influence of state-sponsored terror and regional aggression from bad actors such as Iran and the testing of historical alliances I missed the growing international chaos the preeminent obligation of the US government is to provide for the common defense this Agreement prioritizes that commitment to the safety and the security of the American people a nation that understands these threats and takes them seriously makes serious investments in the readiness of its own defenses today and the modernization that will preserve their strength into the future for years we've seen China extend its strategic reach testing the waters of the Indo Pacific region and beyond we've watched its Communist leadership nearly double military spending in the last decade and pushed the boundaries in everything from offshore territorial claims to 5g technology America's edge is in jeopardy our allies in the Pacific are uneasy and the administration's budget agreement with the speaker will allow America to ensure that our own foot stays on the gas pedal as well meanwhile in the Middle East we're confronted daily by escalating threats to our allies and interests state-sponsored terror and proxy actions are becoming bolder gray zone activity and places like the Straits of Hormuz is raising the economic and geopolitical stakes of Iran's meddling from Syria to Crimea Russia continues to stretch its legs noting the height of the Soviet Union have we seen Moscow of this focus on extending influence beyond its borders and all over the world historic alliances and partnerships like NATO need to be strengthened and renewed for this new landscape fortunately in the coming days we'll have the opportunity to address all these areas Europe the Middle East the Indo Pacific and beyond that opportunity is this bipartisan spending agreement so I'm grateful to the administration for ensuring that such robust funding for our national security is included in this package it will make us safer worldwide and make needed investments in our own facilities right here at home like Fort Knox Fort Campbell and the Blue Grass Army Depot which Kentucky is proud to host and what's more I commend the president's team for firmly holding the line on the laundry list laundry list of left-wing policy writers that some House Democrats had sought to push throughout the partisan appropriations process over there on the other side we're talking about far less far left wish list items things like reversing the Trump administration's decision and getting title 10 taxpayer dollars flowing back into the pocket for Planned Parenthood weakening the conscience rights of health care professionals removing protections for the first for the Second Amendment and efforts that would have weakened ice and defunded the president's efforts to secure our border these are just some just some of the policy riders the far left had hoped hoped to smuggle into the appropriations process perhaps using the Full Faith and Credit of the United States as leverage but the administration froze all of those out they're not in this field they shepherded an agreement that delivers on our most basic responsibility to the American people they set the stage to provide for the common defense today if the house is turned to follow-through and then in the near future it will be ours

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