Biden’s Defense Budget Fails to Meet Minimum National Security Needs

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

As President Joe Biden’s arguably less-than-flat defense budget (after inflation) weaves its way through the Democrat controlled House, it continues to raise concerns from Republicans and defense experts. In a  33-23 party-line vote the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a $706 billion defense spending bill for fiscal 2022 over the objections of all the panel’s Republicans.

Republicans argued that the budget’s $10 billion, or 1.4 percent, increase was not enough to counter global threats, particularly from China. Defense News reported progressive left wing Democrat arguments:

Though progressive Democrats voted to advance the bill, they said they were only doing so to allow for a debate and amendments on the House floor. They continued to decry what they saw as too much spending with too little oversight.

“We just spend too much on what is defined as traditional defense, and many of us in the country and many of us in Congress would like to redefine defense,” said Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis. “What’s actually in the defense of this country? It’s not in defense contractors, but it’s things like pandemics and climate change and other items that actually defend us.”

However, Republicans came out strongly against the Biden administration’s flat defense topline. “Now is the time to prioritize our national security funding, not shortchange it,” said the panel’s top Republican, Rep. Kay Granger of Texas.

Ahead of the markups, the top Republican on the House Defense Appropriations panel, Rep. Ken Calvert, slammed the bill for not raising the Pentagon budget by 3 to 5 percent above inflation.

“Due to the arbitrary top line funding level, this bill takes from today in the hope that our investments will outpace our adversaries in the 2030-time frame,” he said. “That’s fine if our adversaries agree not to go to war until 2030 — which they have not. Nor are they pausing on development as they aggressively invest in more lethal capabilities.” ADN

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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nemo
nemo
2 months ago

The USA will face adversaries with a reduced defense… Thanks “Sippycup” Joe…

Grace
Grace
2 months ago
Reply to  nemo

The Pretender doesn’t have the interests of America at heart. He is only interested in placating the Marxist, Communist, Socialist members of his party. His new leading partner, Bernie completes the socialist triangle. Biden, Obama and Sanders. The Democratic party is too stupid to realize they no longer represent ‘democracy’ . Because of their failure to stand up against the takeover Americans will forever wear chains of global slavery. Forget about helping Cuba, the pretender didn’t have any intention of doing that anyway. The game is over and freedom lost.

oldefarte
oldefarte
2 months ago
Reply to  nemo

According to sources in the Gov’t (see, e.g., “The First Family Detail”), Joe Biden so dislikes the US Military that he refused to allow his Military Aide, the one who carries the “Nuclear Football” (with all the nuclear launch codes and procedures) to ride with him in his vehicle or to stay within a mile of his residence in Delaware, when he’d go there for a break. THIS is the man whom the US has chosen to protect it from foreign threats? Creepy, Old Joe’s only concern with China is “How much money can Hunter make off of them (with 10% to “the Old Man”, per Hunter)”.

Recce1
Recce1
2 months ago
Reply to  oldefarte

That’s a critical detail. Are there any other sources confirming Ronald Kessler’s claims on that issue?. As a former military EAO that would greatly concern me. It’d show that Biden is incompetent as a C-I-C, and that would be an impeachable offense in and of itself.

Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA

LISTEN UP….LOOKS Like PREZ BIDEN Expect s the U.S. MILITARY to FIGHT with STICK and STONES. INSTEAD of GIVING THEM the BEST…HE is GIVING THEM LEFTOVERS/SCRAPS. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

oldefarte
oldefarte
2 months ago

We wouldn’t have to divert defense budget funds (needed to counter China’s aggressive moves in Asia – e.g., building islands to claim territory and usurp maritime rights, stocking those islands with hypersonic carrier-killer missiles, etc.) to battling pandemics if we weren’t subsidizing China’s bio-warfare labs to create pandemic pathogens. And if you believe in AGW, human created global warming, then maybe we should be obliging China (which pollutes as much as the rest of the world combined) to clean up their act, instead of crippling our own economy so that China can build more coal burning power plants. .

Jawad
Jawad
2 months ago

“We’ll have to do more with less.” You cannot do more with less, Jobey the Clown and sidekick Giggles. The old fool is setting us up for failure.

Omega 2
Omega 2
2 months ago

WITH THE CURRENT ” JACK ASS BRIGADE ” IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND WITH CONGRESS’S HELP, WE ARE LOOKING AT ANOTHER ” PEARL HARBOR ” INCIDENT HERE! TIME TO 25 BIDEN AND CARTEL OUT BEFORE IT CAN HAPPEN!

agiletz
agiletz
2 months ago

It is with bound determination EVERY libtard president from the time of Johnson has been to reduce and destroy your militaryand this idiot-in-charge(???) is NO different.

James Richards
James Richards
2 months ago

These Stupid Progressives will be the Death of Us all! Pandemic, Climate Change that is where They want the Defense Budget to Go! Seriously these Idiots are Clueless to the Real World!

Recce1
Recce1
2 months ago

Is Rep. Pocan operating on all 8 cylinders? How do “things like pandemics and Climate change and other items…” defend us? Will the Chinese navy suffer a crippling pandemic and typhon in the Pacific when they attack Hawaii?

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TheMadMan
TheMadMan
1 month ago

Biden and Obama want China to walk right into The United States to kill everyone. That is going to happen if we let them.


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