A group of Republican lawmakers say that Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine and increased militarization in China create a need to “modernize” U.S. forces and fill “ongoing readiness gaps” including cybersecurity. Photo by Spc. Joshua Cowden/U.S. Army/UPI | License Photo
March 28 (UPI) — President Joe Biden unveiled his budget request for fiscal 2023 on Monday, which calls for almost $6 trillion and includes what he called “one of the largest investments in our national security in history.”
Biden’s 2023 budget calls for $5.8 trillion — about $813 billion of which is for national security spending. About $770 million is earmarked for the U.S. military — an increase of $69 billion, almost 10%, over what the Defense Department received for 2022.
The budget says the increase funds efforts like countering global threats, modernizing U.S. nuclear forces and improving cybersecurity.
It’s no coincidence that Biden’s budget calls for an increase in defense spending amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.
“I’m calling for one of the largest investments in our national security in history, with the funds needed to ensure that our military remains the best-prepared, best-trained, best-equipped military in the world,” Biden said in a statement Monday.
“In addition, I’m calling for continued investment to forcefully respond to Putin’s aggression against Ukraine with U.S. support for Ukraine’s economic, humanitarian and security needs.”
A group of 40 Republican lawmakers led by Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., and Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., sent a letter requesting a 5% increase in military spending. They said “threats to our national security have grown exponentially” during the past year.
Citing Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine and increased militarization in China, the lawmakers urged Biden to “target investments in programs that will modernize the force and fill ongoing readiness gaps,” including cybersecurity and naval and projection forces.
“If we do not make the investments our military needs today, we will not be able to defend our nation or our allies in the future,” the lawmakers wrote. “The security of the free world depends on a credible American military. We must work together to ensure the men and women of our Armed Services have the resources and support they need to successfully carry out their missions now and for decades to come.”
President Joe Biden leaves the Holy Trinity Church in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., on Sunday. Photo by Leigh Vogel/UPI
Last year, Biden asked for $715 billion for defense spending for fiscal 2022 — which was a decrease from the amount former President Donald Trump requested for 2021 in his final year in office.
Monday’s budget outline also signaled new efforts to rein in borrowing and decrease the …….