Murray Will Push for More Domestic Spending if Defense Budget Goes Up

May 6, 2024

There’s some bipartisan talk on Capitol Hill of raising the fiscal year 2025 defense budget above the levels agreed to in last year’s spending deal.

But the top Democratic appropriator said last week that “stronger investments” are needed in the national security budget but that she will insist on raising non-defense budgets, too, as The Hill reported.

“For me, the word of the day… is going to be ‘parity,’” Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-Wash.) told reporters. “When my Republican colleagues insist that, despite the Fiscal Responsibility Act, we need to boost spending in national security, I will also insist that the boost to defense spending be matched with a similar increase for investments here at home. Both are critically important.”

Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacquelin Frost

May 6, 2024

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