Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on ongoing budget negotiations and the impact of a continuing resolution:
“It is unfortunate and unacceptable that we find ourselves nearing the end of the calendar year and still do not have an agreement to fund the government for the current fiscal year. For nearly a decade, the lack of stable, sufficient, and predictable funding has had a devastating impact on our Armed Forces. More of our troops are now being killed and wounded in training and routine operations than in combat against our enemies.
“That is why the congressional leadership and the President, when they meet on Thursday, must finalize a multi-year agreement to raise the budget caps for defense and ensure that our military is sufficiently funded. We need real, predictable growth in order to rebuild our military—as the President has repeatedly called for, our military leaders have consistently asked for, and an overwhelming, bipartisan majority of both sides of Congress has voted to authorize—and we need that growth both this year and next year.”