Providing for the Common Defense

  • The safety and security of the American people is the first responsibility of the federal government.

  • The U.S. military is threatened by an uncontrolled debt burden that weakens America – but defense spending is not the driver of that debt burden.

  • Despite this fact, the President’s budget refuses to address runaway entitlement spending, and instead imposes nearly $500 billion in defense cuts over the next decade.

  • This budget funds defense at levels that keep America safe by providing $554 billion for the next fiscal year – $6.2 trillion over the next decade – for national defense spending, an amount that is consistent with America’s military goals and strategies.

  • This budget replaces the indiscriminate reduction in defense spending scheduled to take place under the sequester with targeted reductions in non-defense mandatory spending. This protects defense from cuts that would jeopardizes critical missions and the well-being of soldiers and their families. 

  • America’s troops and military families should not pay the price for Washington’s failure to take action.

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