March 20, 2018
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) spoke during the Senate Republican leadership press conference to highlight the $61 billion defense increase that’s expected to be included in this year’s government funding bill. As Blunt noted, this marks the largest year-to-year increase in defense funding in 15 years, providing critical resources to rebuild our military and support our men and women in uniform.
Following are Blunt’s Full Remarks:
“The Leader mentioned this, but I think in the last few weeks, since the CR was passed, we sort of lost sight of what the bill we'll vote on this week will do for national defense. Underfunding our defense capabilities, underfunding our training dollars, underfunding having the equipment in the condition that you and I would want it to be in for the men and women that defend us, has caught up with us in the last couple of years.
“Way too many people injured, way too many lives lost simply because we haven't treated our defense like we should. This bill's the biggest year over year increase in defense in 15 years. $61 billion funding not only [for] new training dollars, new missile defense, but also a pay increase for men and women in uniform.
“And that is the single biggest thing that we'll be doing in the bill we vote on this week, is trying to restore again, the fact that we never want Americans to be in a fair fight, we want them to have every advantage they can possibly have. That advantage has been lost in the last decade. We will vote this week to get back on track to be sure that we always have that advantage for the people that defend us.”