Beagle Issues Statement Regarding Impending Release of FY’17 Defense Budget

State Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) issued the following statement in advance of the release of President Obama’s FY17 Defense Budget. Beagle is running as a Republican candidate for the 8th Congressional District, serving Darke, Miami, Clark, Preble, Butler and parts of Mercer Counties.

“Today, more than ever, we need a robust and strong national defense strategy along with sufficient funding to support it. It is critical that President Obama understands the significant impact this budget will have on our nation’s ability to meet current and future security challenges,” Beagle said.

“Regional bases like our own Wright Patterson Air Force Base must also remain a key component of our national defense planning and budgeting. The research and development advances that have been made here exemplify the critical contributions that Wright Patterson is making to our military every day. This work is vital to our national security interests and must not be sacrificed through funding cuts or shifts,” Beagle added.

President Obama is scheduled to submit a $582.7 billion defense budget to Congress on Tuesday, February 9th. This projected amount dips below the minimum standards that many defense experts believe is adequate. This budget will control spending for all branches of the U.S. Military for FY17 and outlines at what levels defense programs will be funded.