Chairman Mike Turner (OH-10) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal:

“Today the Trump Administration released its budget request of $603 billion for the Department of Defense. While I support President Trump’s commitment and intent to rebuild the military, this budget request will not be enough to do what he has said is needed to improve military capabilities and readiness. After years of underfunding and failed assumptions by the Obama Administration, these increases aren’t enough to begin the process to reverse the damage that has been done to our military.

“I support Chairman Mac Thornberry and Chairman John McCain’s statements calling for a $640 billion budget for the Department of Defense. This will allow our military to build the capability needed for today’s dangerous world.”