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Senate, House GOP blast Biden defense budget as ‘wholly inadequate’

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 7: Senator Jim Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing for Kenneth Braithwaite, U.S. President Donald Trumps nominee for navy secretary, May 7, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Committee members may ask Braithwaite whether achieving the administration's goal of a 355-ship fleet over the next decade, up from 299 today, is realistic in light of cost constraints. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 7: Senator Jim Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing for Kenneth Braithwaite, U.S. President Donald Trumps nominee for navy secretary, May 7, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Committee members may ask Braithwaite whether achieving the administration's goal of a 355-ship fleet over the next decade, up from 299 today, is realistic in light of cost constraints. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 6:29 PM PT – Friday, May 28, 2021

Republicans in both chambers of Congress are rejecting Joe Biden’s defense budget request, calling it ‘wholly inadequate.’ The ranking members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committee recently issued a joint statement voicing their frustration.

Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe (R) and Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers (R) argued the proposal doesn’t give our military the resources it needs. Biden is requesting $753 billion for defense spending which is less than a two percent increase and less than the three to five percent Republicans deem adequate.

Inhofe and Rogers said, “it’s disingenuous to call this request an increase because it doesn’t even keep up with inflation…it’s a cut. Fundamentally, it does not adequately resource the 2018 National Defense Strategy, forcing impossible choices between readiness and modernization upon commanders and troops.”

Republicans say the budget sends a bad message to our adversaries, such as China, that the U.S. isn’t doing enough to defend itself.

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