Thornberry Talks Defense Budget & Afghanistan Troop Levels


Date: June 19, 2017
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Defense

On Sunday, Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) joined Maria Bartiromo of Fox's Sunday Morning Futures to discuss the reported plans for additional troops in Afghanistan. The Chairman also brought up the defense budget and how it currently doesn't meet the needs of the warfighter. Watch the entire interview below:

"Unfortunately we've cut defense spending...during the last Obama years. So we don't have the best equipment, the best training. We've got to turn that around and this is the best time to do it."

"We need to have planes that fly, and ships that sail, and soldiers, marines, sailors, airmen who are trained for their mission. We've been taking shortcuts in recent years and that is wrong on every level."

"Congress passed this budget control act. It was supposed to move us to curtail mandatory spending, it didn't. So, defense, which is now about 15% of the budget took 50% of the cuts."

"I think there is a big majority in Republicans, Democrats, House, Senate who agree we've got to rebuild the military. This is the opportunity to do that and I think this is one part of the agenda we can come together on."