U.S. Rep. McSally Statement on the 2018 Budget
WASHINGTON, DC– U.S. Representative Martha McSally today released the following statement after the House voted to pass the fiscal year 2018 budget resolution:
“The budget passed by the House today with my support is a framework that will rebuild our military and provide the vehicle for once-in-a-generation tax relief for hard-working Americans.
I have long highlighted how devastating sequestration has been for military readiness and repeatedly called for a reversal of the across-the-board cuts established in 2011. America faces complex national security threats. We must invest in our troops, especially here in Southern Arizona, where Davis-Monthan and Fort Huachuca play an indispensable role in our country’s defense. This bill provides $70 billion or 13% more than called for by sequestration and provides for a 5% increase in defense spending over the next three years. It ensures that Southern Arizona’s uniquely critical air assets and missions stay operational to support our troops fighting ISIS and combating aggression from North Korea and Russia.
This budget also initiates the process to accomplish long overdue, pro-growth tax relief. By streamlining our unnecessarily complex code to make it fairer and simpler, this tax reform will create more jobs, grow paychecks, and liberate American companies to compete globally. Middle-class families and small businesses living pay-check to pay-check deserve a tax break. With this tax relief, they will be able to keep and invest more of their earnings.
Families in Southern Arizona know that putting together a budget means making hard decisions. This budget is far from perfect, and I disagree with many of its assumptions and aspirations which are not actually enacted by this legislation. As we move along in the budget process, I will continue to work to protect the priorities of Southern Arizonans.”