March 5, 2020 Press Releases

McSally Fails To Ask DOD About Funding Raid

At Hearing, Martha McSally Fails To Ask Defense Secretary About
Trump’s Funding Raid And Arizona Impact

PHOENIX — At yesterday’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, U.S. Sen. Martha McSally failed to ask Defense Secretary Mark Esper about Trump’s military funding raid under which “Arizona military bases could take a big hit.”

While other Senators on the committee pushed Esper to answer questions about Trump’s raid and its impact on their states, McSally did not ask Esper a single question on the subject.

Here are two questions McSally should have asked:

1. How will this new funding raid impact the Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Test Center in Tucson, which Sen. Kyrsten Sinema last month identified as a potential target for cuts?

2. How has last year’s raid impacted military readiness and service members in Arizona and across the country? (In 2019, McSally voted three times to support Trump’s last raid, even though it cut $30 million from a construction project at Fort Huachuca. That project still remains on the Pentagon’s “unfunded priorities” list, despite McSally’s now-broken promise to restore the cut funding.)

“Senator McSally failed to ask basic questions about how Trump’s funding raid might impact Arizona’s military assets and our nation’s readiness. It’s especially surprising considering McSally still has not restored the $30 million she let Trump take from Fort Huachuca and promised would be backfilled,” said Brad Bainum, Arizona Democratic Party spokesperson.