Defense Priorities statement on spending issues for new Budget Director

December 19, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC—Defense Priorities believes that American power is built on our economic strength and our commitment to the U.S. Constitution. With our national debt approaching $20 trillion, our security is at risk. As such, we must be mindful of the fiscal consequences of our foreign policy, and critical decisions must be made about how to allocate limited resources to ensure America maintains the strongest military in the world.

That's why, if confirmed, President-elect Trump's choice for Budget Director, Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), must bring to the process his record of opposing government waste and budget gimmicks related to both domestic and defense spending.

As Vice President of Public Policy Kurt Couchman explained in The Hill, America must set priorities for defense spending to end bad budget deals.

"To truly tackle wasteful spending, the Trump White House should demand the Pentagon finally complete the full audit it has evaded—including a BRAC evaluation—and use that information to create a lean, efficient military designed to fulfill its constitutional purpose of defense," said Couchman.