U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding the president’s announcement today that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Speaker Nancy Pelosi have reached a budget deal:
“I am very encouraged that the administration and Speaker Pelosi have reached a two-year funding agreement that secures the resources we need to keep rebuilding our armed forces. This was our top objective: Continuing to restore the readiness of our armed forces and modernize our military to deter and defend against growing threats to our national security. That includes investing in our facilities here at home, like Ft. Knox, Ft. Campbell, and the Blue Grass Army Depot, which my state of Kentucky is proud to host.
“I commend the President and his negotiating team who achieved this agreement: Secretary Mnuchin, Acting Chief of Staff Mulvaney, and Acting Director Vought. Congress and the Trump Administration have made enormous strides for our national defense over the past two years, but our work is not yet complete. While the reality of divided government means this is not exactly the deal Republicans would have written on our own, it is what we need to keep building on that progress.
“The next step is for both the House and the Senate to pass this bipartisan agreement so that President Trump can sign it into law. I intend for the Senate to vote on it before members depart for the August state work period.”