McConnell reminds Members that Pentagon spending raises budget totals, too

This week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) attempted to convince House Republicans that they should stand behind the $1.07 trillion budget deal agreed to by former Speaker of the House John Boehner and President Obama.
 
The House Budget Committee is expected to release a budget proposal by the end of this week. Many in the conference are eager to see how Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) will adhere to last fall’s deal while simultaneously responding to demands from many in the caucus who want to see further cuts and a much lower topline number.
 
McConnell reminded House conservatives that many of them had pushed for increased Pentagon spending, pushing the total budget numbers up. According to Rep Thomas Massie (R-KY), in doing so, McConnell “held up a mirror, and I think it was a helpful mirror.”
 
Last year’s deal included $551 billion for defense spending and $519 billion for non-defense.