My Fellow Oregonians:
In case you missed it, the Department of Defense requested $585 billion for its operations around the globe. And if that sounds like a tremendous amount of money – you’re right. It is. In fact, it’s half of our nation’s discretionary budget.
Here’s something else you might not know: The Department of Defense has never passed a financial audit of its operations.
Not once. Not ever.
That’s a problem.
It’s your money, and we can’t let it go into a black box with no accountability.
This week I co-sponsored legislation requiring an audit of the Department of Defense, with incentives and consequences for the Department’s success or failure. I’m joined by Republicans and Democrats alike who agree – politics aside – that it’s long past time for a responsible approach to our defense budget.
The Department of Defense, the men and women of the Armed Forces, and the civilians who serve throughout the organization do very valuable work that we’ll continue to support.
But the Department of Defense can’t ask for over half a trillion dollars and then expect us to blindly trust that every dollar is being spent as intended.
That’s madness, and it has to stop. I’ll stay on it.