WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) made the following comments after the House approved the bipartisan budget agreement:
"Congress’ first job is to defend the country, and that means supporting our men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line every day. Members of Congress have an obligation to make sure that our decisions are worthy of the sacrifice our troops make for our freedom and security. Sometimes Congress has to make tough choices to get our warfighters the resources they need. For too long our troops have been made hostages for other political agendas. No compromise agreement is perfect, but we have to be willing to accept its flaws rather than ask our troops to accept more risk to their lives.
This agreement begins to rebuild and restore America’s military. It passed because Members of both parties made our security and our service members a priority. Now we must make sure that Congress fulfills this promise to our military, that the Pentagon spends this money wisely, and that the era of using troops as leverage for political gain has ended.”