WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the budget agreement announced today in Washington.
The agreement would dramatically boost funding for the military, which has been a top priority for Graham. He has long argued the impact of sequestration – passed under President Obama – would hurt the readiness and capability of our military.
“The details of the budget agreement that Senator McConnell briefed me on is great news for our men and women in uniform. Without a doubt, it’s the best news for our military in recent years.
“The defense spending increase is significant and will go a long way to repairing the damage done by sequestration. It provides for training, equipment, and a larger military. It goes a long way toward helping fulfill President Trump’s promise to rebuild our military.
“This is a long-overdue and much-needed change. The most important dollars our nation spends are those directed to ensuring the safety and security of the American people.
“The increases in non-defense spending were necessary to get a budget agreement. However, they will also help protect the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and others who are on front lines in battling threats against our nation.
“Hats off to Senators McConnell and Schumer for working toward this agreement. I look forward to supporting its passage in the Senate and helping to rebuild the United States military.”