Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) released the following statement in response to President Obama's proposed FY2014 budget.
"The President's FY2014 defense budget continues a trend that has marked his previous budget submissions - a seeming indifference to the strategic challenges facing the United States and a limited interest in adequately resourcing a military capable of meeting those challenges.
While North Korea blusters about nuclear war, the President's budget falls short of funding missile defense. While China and Iran continue to threaten freedom of navigation, this budget fails to address the size of our declining Navy. And while competitors continue to invest in modernizing their military capabilities, this budget chooses to under-invest in defense research and development to keep our all-volunteer force on the technological edge of the modern battlefield.
The decisions we make now will impact our military's capabilities for decades to come. Until President Obama begins the process of providing our military with the resources they require to execute our strategic objectives, the American people will have reason to question this Administration's seriousness on national security."