Rep. Calvert: “Inaction of House Democrats jeopardizes our national security”
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42), the Ranking Member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding the status of the Fiscal Year 2022 Defense Appropriations bill:
“This week House Democrats advanced nearly every FY2022 appropriation bill to the House floor except the Defense Appropriations bill. Speaker Pelosi is now adjourning the House on a seven weeklong recess. Therefore, the soonest the House could even potentially consider the FY2022 Defense Appropriations bill would be a few days before the end of the fiscal year. I believe the inaction of House Democrats jeopardizes our national security and will delay our ability to provide our troops with the training and resources necessary for them to carry out their mission. The threats we face from China, Russia, and Iran show no sign of easing and require a robust response in order to protect our national security as well as our allies.
As I’ve stated many times, the Biden budget and funding level advanced by Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee amounts to a cut in our defense spending and is woefully inadequate to meet our many national security challenges. House Republicans will be steadfast in opposing any FY2022 Defense Appropriations bill that cuts funding for our troops. With radical progressives in the House Democratic Caucus advocating for even more dangerous cuts to our defense spending, the worst kept secret in town is that Speaker Pelosi lacks the votes to pass the FY2022 Defense Appropriations bill at the level advanced by the Appropriations Committee. Meanwhile, our colleagues in the Senate have taken bipartisan action to increase the authorized level of defense spending as part of their work on the FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act. The writing is on the wall, the only path forward to fund our defense is by increasing the amount of spending by 3 to 5 percent above the rate of inflation, as called for by the 2018 bipartisan National Defense Strategy Commission. Why should we delay action for months on the funding our men and women in uniform need, when we know today what the likely outcome will eventually be? When the only two bills that House Democrats fail to advance are the Defense and Homeland Security appropriations bills, it is becomes very clear that the security and sovereignty of our country are not a priority.”