Portman Backs Bipartisan Budget Agreement

August 1, 2019 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) issued the following statement after voting for the bipartisan budget agreement, which is now ready to be signed into law by the president:

“It was important that the budget agreement that President Trump and Congressional Republicans and Democrats negotiated passed today because the alternative – a government shutdown or a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) – was far worse.  Among other things, a shutdown or short-term CR would result in substantial cuts to our national defense, and significantly weaken our military readiness at a time when we are finally making progress to restore it and at a time when we face many national security challenges.  The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark A. Milley, testified recently that a short-term CR or a government shutdown would have a damaging impact in terms of training, equipping, procurement, modernization, spare parts, maintenance, and pay and benefits for our military.

“This would have a direct effect on Ohio’s military communities as well.  It would have hurt critical operational sites in Ohio like Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Camp James A. Garfield and the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Northeast Ohio, Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus, the 180th Fighter Wing in Toledo, the Intelligence and Reconnaissance Squadron at Springfield Air Guard base, and Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base.  This agreement ensures these Ohio bases and our military will receive the funding they need to improve our readiness and support our brave men and women in uniform.

While I’m disappointed that this agreement does not include more meaningful budget cuts, the type of spending involved – discretionary spending – is only 30 percent of the budget and actually decreases slightly as a percent of the economy under the bill.  I will continue to pursue bipartisan reforms to the 70 percent of the budget that is on autopilot – in particular the mandatory spending that is growing at well above economic growth and is the primary driver of future debt and deficits.”