Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Liz Cheney’s Statement on her vote in favor of the 2018 Budget Act.

“Today, the House and Senate passed legislation that sets a clear path to finally provide the resources our men and women in uniform need to defend us. I voted in favor of this budget deal because, after nearly five months operating under continuing resolutions, this bill is the only way to immediately provide necessary funds for the defense of the nation.

The congressional budget process is fundamentally broken and must be reformed. Because of the Budget Control Act, Democrats have been empowered to demand increases in domestic spending in exchange for providing necessary resources to the Department of Defense. This must end and should be addressed immediately by the bipartisan bicameral budget reform commission created by this bill.  We must address the fiscal crisis facing our nation but we cannot do that on the backs of the men and women putting their lives on the line to defend us.

During testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, Secretary of Defense Mattis said no foe in the field has done more harm to our military than the BCA and sequestration. The Budget Control Act and spending caps strangled the defense budget. This bill removes that stranglehold and ensures that the men and women in uniform — including those supporting our vital nuclear deterrence mission at F.E. Warren and the members of the Wyoming National Guard who are contributing to critical operations both at home and abroad — have the resources they need to keep the American people safe.”