“The new administration claiming a 10 percent increase that’s really a 3 percent increase is fake budgeting,” Turner said in a statement.
“Our military readiness has suffered immensely over the past eight years due to stringent budget cuts,” the congressman said. “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.”
Sequestration, or automatic spending reductions under the federal Budget Control Act of 2011, has reduced overall defense spending since it was enacted. Donald Trump has indicated on the campaign trail he wants to repeal the cuts and bolster the size of the military.