Congressman Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, released the following statement after the Trump administration announced plans to offer a $603 billion budget for defense, well below the needed $640 billion:

“The new administration claiming a 10% increase that’s really a 3% increase is fake budgeting.

 “Our military’s readiness has suffered immensely over the past 8 years due to stringent budget cuts. It is imperative we can make a real attempt to reverse dangerous trends in defense spending. I hope the administration will be able to come to the negotiating table in a meaningful way to support our armed forces and to protect our interests at home and abroad.”