Several Republican senators criticized President Joe Biden’s defense budget in a joint statement released Friday, calling it “disappointing.” The accusations toward Biden center on prioritizing billions in spending on a “liberal wish list” instead of providing funding for the U.S. military.
Republican Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell and Senators Jim Inhofe, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, and Richard Shelby wrote a strong statement titled, “Talk is cheap, but defending our country is not.”
Repeating what Biden himself said recently, the group of senators wrote, “If we don’t move, (China) is going to lunch.” They then warned that with the proposal Biden launched with the new budget, he is showing that China “should go set the table.”
The senators warned that “China aspires to overtake America as the world’s dominant superpower.”
In this regard, there is concern that while the Chinese regime has increased its military budget by $200 billion in the last decade, the United States has decreased its military spending by $400 billion. “China’s military investments match its desire to compete with the United States and put our military forces at risk,” the senators added.
Biden’s $704 billion budget to meet defense spending in 2021 does not even exceed last year’s inflation level compared to the previous budget. Therefore, the budget, far from increasing in the face of the increasing military challenges globally, has suffered a cut for falling below the inflationary level.
Earlier this year, the Chinese regime had already announced a seven percent increase in its military spending budget for the fiscal year 2022. For this reason, House Republicans last month urged Biden to increase the military budget by at least three to five percent.
Biden did not heed the request made at the time by Republicans, and now there is a concern not only about possible shortages to deal with specific conflicts in the coming year but also about the image the U.S. presents to countries like Russia and China who are interested in challenging U.S. global military leadership.
“President Biden’s budget proposal cuts defense spending, sending a terrible signal not only to our adversaries in Beijing and Moscow but also to our allies and partners,” the Republican senators wrote.
The intention to reduce the defense budget and redefine Pentagon spending on issues far removed from security matters comes from the most radicalized leftist sectors of the Democratic party. Their agenda is to weaken U.S. military power to limit as much as possible any resistance to globalist and liberal expansion.
“To keep America strong, we must balance domestic and defense spending priorities,” which should include Biden making good on his promise to work in a bipartisan manner. “Both parties should be able to agree that we must maintain America’s edge over China,” which is why the group of Republican senators urged Biden to address this with bipartisanship.