Burr Statement on the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) made the following statement regarding Department of Defense funding bill:

"I have always been proud to vote for the funding of our troops and our national defense. However, I am disappointed that this year, the defense funding bill is filled with spending that is unrelated and not offset through savings elsewhere in the government. I cannot support a funding bill that spends $18 billion on unrelated spending that is not paid for.

"Additionally, this bill shortchanges our troops, including thousands from North Carolina, by not providing any funding for the surge into Afghanistan. I support the President's strategy, but we must provide our troops with the resources they need to complete their mission. In a time of war, for Congress to ignore this funding shows a disregard for the servicemen and women who are away from their families this holiday season fighting on our behalf. I am also disappointed that Congress decided to devote resources to buying planes for junkets rather than fund our troops in the surge.

"I remain supportive of fixing the physician reimbursements, and appreciate that it is paid for, but physicians need the issue fixed permanently and not just extended for several months at a time."