May 03 2022
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement after a Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee hearing on President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2023 funding request and budget justification for the Department of Defense. Graham’s full questioning of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley can be found here.
“Our military leadership is empowering the lowest defense spending in modern history at a time of great threat and danger to our nation and our allies.
“The Biden budget, supported by the Secretary of Defense, is woefully inadequate to address our defense needs. It only gets worse over time as the Biden proposal for a 10-year period would have defense spending in 2032 at 2.4% of GDP – by far the lowest in modern history. The current budget of 3.1% GDP is also historically low.
“This budget is irresponsible and dead on arrival.”