Shelby Reviews Army Budget Request, Highlights Concerns Over Decreased Funding
WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Deputy Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Defense Subcommittee, today interviewed senior U.S. military officials during a defense subcommittee hearing review the President’s funding request and the budget rationale for the US military. During the hearing, Secretary of the Army Christine E. Wormuth and General James C. McConville, Chief of Staff of the Army, testified before the subcommittee.
Senator Shelby’s remarks, as prepared, are as follows:
“Thank you Mr. Chairman. Secretary Wormuth, welcome to your first hearing before our subcommittee in your new role. General McConville, thank you for being here.
“I look forward to hearing about the Army’s fiscal year 2022 budget proposal.
“This discussion is particularly important because the army’s budget proposal reflects a 2% reduction from fiscal year 2021.
“The reduction is proposed despite the need to maintain readiness and make progress on key modernization priorities such as the long-range hypersonic missile and improved lethality capabilities.
“You both are keenly aware that our adversaries, including China and Russia, represent new and growing threats that erode our traditional technological and battlefield advantages.
“They are making unprecedented investments in their capabilities and capabilities, and China, in particular, has a stated goal of overtaking us by the middle of the century.
“Since the overall funding request for the Ministry of Defense is not keeping pace with inflation and the Army’s budget proposal reflects a decrease from last year, I am concerned that we are sending the wrong message to our allies and adversaries.
“I look forward to hearing how your budget request for fiscal year 2022 fully meets the needs of the military and maintains our advantage over our adversaries. Thank you.”