Shelby Statement on President Biden's FY23 Budget Request

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement in response to President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) $5.8 trillion budget request:


“After his budget request last year was roundly rejected in Congress, the President has again proposed a fiscal blueprint that overspends on wasteful domestic programs and fails to adequately provide for our nation’s defense.  In other words, more of the same.  The Biden budget increases non-defense spending by nearly $100 billion while defense spending does not even keep pace with the skyrocketing rate of inflation.  Also, as illegal border crossings occur at record rates, the President actually proposes a cut in spending for border security.


“We live in an increasingly dangerous world.  Today’s security environment demands a level of investment that will meet and defeat the threat.  It’s time for the Administration to get serious about addressing the threat posed by Russian aggression and the growing worldwide ambitions of the People’s Republic of China.  I am disappointed that the Administration chose not to build on Congress’s FY22 bipartisan work.  Once again, this request puts us on the wrong foot to start the fiscal year 2023 cycle, and it does not bode well for the coming appropriations process.”