Washington, D.C. – Representative Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, released the following statement today on the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget amendment for the Department of Defense:
“We welcome the President’s amendment to his initial defense budget request and look forward to giving it the serious consideration it deserves. The additional request would provide resources to support our renewed efforts in Afghanistan and much-needed funding to repair the Navy ships damaged in recent collisions at sea.
“This request also underscores the threat posed by the rogue North Korean regime and the urgent need to boost our missile defense capabilities to meet it. In fact, the House and Senate Armed Services Committees have already authorized many of these missile defense programs in our respective defense bills.
“The timely submission of this budget amendment means that the NDAA conferees will be able to consider this request in time to incorporate the additional funding into the final agreement.”