Congressman Michael R. Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces released the following statement after sending a letter to House leaders advocating full funding support for national defense base requirements in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016.


“I am proud to continue to lead the fight for a strong national defense that allows our men and women in uniform to address threats that endanger our national security. We should not play political games on the backs of our warfighters. If Congress fails in its principal duty to ‘provide for the common defense’ of the nation, we will see devastating consequences to national security.”


Joined by 101 House Republican colleagues, Turner’s letter calls on House leaders to reject a full-year continuing resolution and put forth a funding measure that funds national defense base requirements at or above the $561 billion level included in the President’s budget request.


Earlier this year, Turner sent a similar letter to House leaders regarding defense funding and the House budget resolution. That letter signed by 70 House Republicans, received overwhelming support and resulted in a budget deal that fully funded defense. Turner’s current letter seeks FY2016 defense funding consistent with that budget deal.


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