ARIZONA NEWS

John McCain: Trump’s proposed $54B boost doesn’t do enough to rebuild military

Mar 16, 2017, 4:07 PM | Updated: Mar 17, 2017, 11:25 am
A F/A-18 fighter prepares to take off from the deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl V...

A F/A-18 fighter prepares to take off from the deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during the annual joint military exercise called Foal Eagle between South Korea and the United States at an unidentified location in the international waters, east of the Korean Peninsula, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

PHOENIX — President Donald Trump’s proposed $54 billion boost in spending will not be enough to rebuild the nation’s military, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said.

“Such a budget does not represent a 10 percent increase as previously described by the White House, but amounts to a mere 3 percent over President Obama’s defense plan, which has left our military underfunded, undersized and unready to meet the threats of today and tomorrow,” McCain said in a release.

Trump was scheduled to release his budget on Thursday, but some outlets, including the Associated Press, received an advanced copy.

The $54 billion boost for the military is the largest since President Ronald Reagan’s Pentagon buildup in the 1980s, promising immediate money for troop readiness, the fight against Islamic State militants and procurement of new ships, fighter jets and other weapons.

McCain said that figure isn’t large enough.

“House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry and I agree a defense budget of $640 billion in fiscal year 2018 and sustained increases for years to come are needed to rebuild our military, restore military readiness, and modernize our forces for the realities of 21st century warfare,” he said.

The longtime senator and head of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Trump’s budget will not get past the Senate.

“Moving forward, it is imperative that we work together to reach a bipartisan agreement that provides sufficient funds to rebuild the military,” he said.

Trump’s budget goes after the frequent targets of the party’s staunchest conservatives, eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts, legal aid for the poor, low-income heating assistance and the AmeriCorps national service program established by former President Bill Clinton.

Such programs were the focus of lengthy battles dating to the GOP takeover of Congress in 1995 and have survived prior attempts to eliminate them. Lawmakers will have the final say on Trump’s proposal in the arduous budget process.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Mesa Police Department photo)...
KTAR.com

4 children missing in Mesa after being taken by father

The Mesa Police Department is searching for four children that were taken by their father on Sunday.
19 hours ago
This photo provided by Budweiser shows a scene from Budweiser's 2023 Super Bowl NFL football ad. Br...
Associated Press

For Super Bowl ads this year, crypto is out, booze is in

NEW YORK (AP) — The hottest ticket in town for advertisers is officially sold out. Fox said Monday that in-game ads for Super Bowl LVII have all been sold. The big game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles takes place on Sunday. The Super Bowl is advertising’s biggest stage, with advertisers jockeying […]
19 hours ago
FILE - People walk by the AMC 34th Street theater on March 5, 2021, in New York. (Photo by Evan Ago...
Associated Press

AMC to charge more for better seats in movie theaters

AMC Theaters, the nation's largest theater chain, unveiled a new pricing scheme which seat location determines how much movie tickets cost.
19 hours ago
(Screenshot)...
Associated Press

Super Bowl draws epic air show of private planes to Phoenix

Officials expect more than 1,000 extra planes to descend on Phoenix’s airports this week for the Super Bowl as well as the WM Phoenix Open.
19 hours ago
(Dunkin' Photo)...
KTAR.com

Doughnut box: Dunkin’ opens shop made from shipping container in Mesa

A new Dunkin' location in Mesa, the national donut and cofee chain's first in Arizona made from a repurposed shipping container.
19 hours ago
George Alan Kelly(Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office)...
Associated Press

Arizona rancher held on $1M bond for murder near border outside Nogales

A rancher who lives near Arizona's border with Mexico is accused of first-degree murder for a fatal shooting last week.
19 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Company looking for oldest air conditioner and wants to reward homeowner with new one

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.
...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet edges out cable for everyday use

In a world where technology drives so much of our daily lives, a lack of high-speed internet can be a major issue.
(Photo via MLB's Arizona Fall League / Twitter)...
Arizona Fall League

Top prospects to watch at this year’s Arizona Fall League

One of the most exciting elements of the MLB offseason is the Arizona Fall League, which began its 30th season Monday.
John McCain: Trump’s proposed $54B boost doesn’t do enough to rebuild military