Vice Chair Luria Supports $25 Billion Increase In Defense Spending
NORFOLK, VA — Today, House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Ranking Member Mike Rodgers announced he would introduce an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act increasing the defense budget by $25 billion. HASC Vice Chair Elaine Luria issued the following statement:
"I have stressed publicly for months that the current proposed defense budget fails to adequately address the rising threats of China, Iran, and Russia. We cannot ignore these threats, and decommissioning more ships each year than we build is a losing strategy. Without additional resources, we will lose another generation of shipbuilding in this country, and we will be less prepared to defend both the U.S. and our allies’ interests.
"I intend to join Ranking Member Rogers and support the amendment adding $25 billion to our defense budget. This budget represents a three percent increase over the President’s budget, with significant investments for our public and private shipyards and our industrial base, building three destroyers, protecting three cruisers and other seapower platforms that will allow us to maintain our presence in INDOPACOM. Most importantly, this budget sends a strong message to our adversaries and our allies that we are not backing down under difficult circumstances. I will continue to work with my colleagues heading into this week’s markup to improve our defense budget and look forward to securing additional resources for Hampton Roads."
Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the committee’s Vice Chair, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Homeland Security.