Rep. Garcia Hosts Press Conference Urging Passage of Defense Appropriations Bill
Washington, September 15, 2023
Tags: National Security
Representative Mike Garcia (CA-27) held a press conference to discuss the necessity of funding our government and military.
Today, Representative Mike Garcia (CA-27) held a press conference to discuss the necessity of funding our government and military. Support for our men and women in uniform is an issue of national security that should not be used as leverage in the name of politics.
Rep. Garcia was joined by Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA), Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, as well as Reps. Brandon Williams (R-NY), Rich McCormick (R-GA), and Derrick Van Orden (R-WI), all of whom are fellow veterans.
Highlights of Rep. Garcia’s remarks from the press conference are below, and the full press conference is available below.
“House Republicans are literally the only people standing between our troops and this extremely weak executive branch that seems hell bent on driving military readiness, morale, and capacity into the ground.” – Congressman Mike Garcia
“Here on the Hill, I think our biggest weakness is a susceptibility and vulnerability of being too easily distracted by political drama and gamesmanship that compels us to do horse-trading with a precious piece of legislation like this defense spending.
“That’s the reason we stand here today: To implore all Republicans and Democrats to support this very important, $826 billion critical step forward.
“If you oppose the passage of [the Defense Appropriations] bill, you are enabling the failed defense politics of this administration and accelerating the downward trajectory of our nation’s security. It’s that simple. I don’t envy the person that votes against this [bill] when they have to explain to their constituents, and more importantly to our troops, why they did not support [it].”