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Ukraine and China cited as reasons for US Republicans to increase defense spending

In his draft budget proposal for the fiscal 2023 U.S. budget, U.S. President Joe Biden should include a 5% increase above inflation for defense spending from a group of 40 Republican members of both chambers of congress.

Biden submitted a budget proposed by many of his fellow Democrats that would keep Defense Department spending basically flat in his first year in office, while he sought to rein in the Department of Defense budget, which has risen to more than $750 billion.

“As you prepare your fiscal year 2023 budget for submission to Congress, we strongly encourage you to reject the approach you took last year when you proposed to cut defense spending below the rate of inflation,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter, made public on Wednesday.

24 March 2022


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