Congressman Thornberry wants $705 billion for defense budget

Congressman Thornberry wants $705 billion for defense budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KAUZ) - U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry is expected to present his case for $705 billion in military spending next year.

The Armed Services Committee chairman is pushing for a defense budget that is larger than at any point during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan according to the Associated Press.

Congressman Thornberry said the increase is needed to repair a military that has been in almost continuous combat since 2001.

His plan will propose $37 billion above what President Donald Trump requested for core Pentagon operations plus another $65 billion for warfighting missions.

Conservatives, who dominate the House Budget Committee, have agreed on a budget outline that promises $20 billion less.

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