According to Republican leader Mitch McConnell, more money is needed for defense.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell rejected President Biden’s $5.79 trillion budget plan, saying it was unacceptably small for defense spending at a time of heightened international tensions over Ukraine.
The proposed draft budget for fiscal year 2023, which begins on October 1, outlines the priorities of the Biden administration, such as campaign promises to force the rich and companies to pay more taxes, which lawmakers on Capitol Hill will take into account when drafting a spending bill.
“The White House budget statement released today by President Biden serves as a reminder that the far–left values of the Biden administration are fundamentally unrelated to what American families really need,” McConnell said during a speech on the Senate floor.
“The presidential budget is sorely lacking in defense spending,” he said.
President Biden’s $813 billion defense budget request includes a 4.6% pay increase for military personnel, as well as the largest national defense research and development budget in history.