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Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee released statements regarding President Bush’s Fiscal Year 2008 budget request for national defense. The $481.4 billion base budget request for Fiscal Year 2008 includes $101.7 billion for weapons programs, $75.1 billion for research and development and an increase of $11.3 billion for military quality of life programs.
In addition to the Fiscal Year 2008 base budget request for defense, the President submitted a $93.4 billion emergency supplemental request to cover equipment reconstitution and the costs of operation for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2007 and a $141.7 billion request for costs associated with the Global War on Terrorism in Fiscal Year 2008.
U.S. Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA): “The President’s budget request appears to be an excellent balance between the immediate costs associated with the war on terrorism and our long-term modernization goals. I am pleased to see that equipment reset and readiness have been given a primary focus in the budget request.”
U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC): “As Congressional Democrats weigh their options regarding Iraq war policy, I am pleased President Bush continues to push for the resources needed to fight and win the Global War on Terrorism. Our troops in harm’s way deserve the best equipment and training we can provide. President Bush has put forward a fiscally responsible budget while upholding funding to support our military.”
U.S. Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-GA): “I appreciate that the President's defense budget will decrease our reliance on emergency supplemental spending by providing an up-front, transparent assessment of likely war-related costs for the upcoming year. The President was right to include full funding for the F-22 and C-130J multi-year procurement contracts, as these aircraft will enable the U.S. to maintain critical air dominance over our enemies. Now, it is up to the Democrat majority to fund these priorities. The Democrats paid lip service to a strong national defense during the election, and now it is time for them to produce policies that match their promises.”
Highlights of the Fiscal Year 2008 base budget request include:
- An increase of $16.8 billion to improve readiness, including an increase of $4.4 billion for equipment recapitalization, an increase of $4.7 billion for depot maintenance and a $7.5 billion increase for training and operations.
- An increase of $8.8 billion for force modernization, including an increase of $300 million for the Army’s Future Combat Systems, an increase of $3.2 billion for Navy shipbuilding (eight new ships) and an increase of $1.2 billion for the Space Based Infrared System and Space Situational Awareness.
- An increase of $12.1 billion to pay for end strength increases in the Army, Marine Corps, and U.S. Special Operations Command.
- An increase of $11.3 billion for military quality of life, including a three-percent across-the-board pay raise and an increase of $1.9 billion to improve quality of life at military installations.