Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today on President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget request:
“President Trump’s $603 billion defense budget request is inadequate to the challenges we face, illegal under current law, and part of an overall budget proposal that is dead on arrival in Congress. This funding level represents a mere 3 percent increase over President Obama’s budget projection for the coming fiscal year. After years of budget cuts amid growing threats around the world, this budget request fails to provide the necessary resources to restore military readiness, rebuild military capacity, and renew our military advantage with investments in modern capabilities.
“Ultimately, any military buildup is impossible as long as the Budget Control Act remains the law of the land. Congress must act not only to ensure adequate short-term funding for our nation’s armed forces, but also to provide a long-term solution to sequestration. Our military deserves nothing less.”