Sherrill Slams Senate Republican Proposal for Funding Weapons Programs over State and Local Aid, SNAP Benefits

July 28, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC -- Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) today slammed the Senate’s coronavirus relief proposal for including at least $7 billion for weapons programs, while leaving out aid to state and local governments, ignoring the need for food and rental assistance, and drastically cutting unemployment benefits.

“I believe in modernizing our military, but this is ridiculous,” said Rep. Sherrill. “The House of Representatives just passed a National Defense Authorization Act that ensures the safety of our service members and puts necessary funds towards research into pandemic preparedness. And yet, the Senate has included $7 billion for weapons programs while abandoning Congress’ responsibility to help state and local governments on the front lines of the pandemic and assist struggling Americans. COVID-19 cases are rising across the country, and we need to focus on getting additional support to Americans to lessen the economic impact of the pandemic.

“There’s a time and a place for investing in defense programs, but to do this now, when Senate Republicans are balking at funding for SNAP benefits and unemployment insurance, is offensive. The House is set to pass a Defense Appropriations package to fund our military this week and I welcome the Senate to do their job and do the same.”

Rep. Sherrill is a U.S. Navy veteran and Member of the House Armed Services Committee.