ERIC SCHMITT, Senator for Missouri

WASHINGTON  Earlier today, the Senate Armed Services Committee completed their markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which will head to the floor for a full Senate vote soon. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Eric Schmitt worked to secure funding for Missouri’s critical military installations, and also fought to bring to light wasteful spending on DEI initiatives to ensure every single dollar is spent solely to ensure increased preparedness and lethality within our military.

“The state of Missouri has a deep and proud military culture, spanning from Whiteman Air Force Base to Fort Leonard Wood. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, my mission is to ensure that every single penny that we spend on defense goes towards increasing our preparedness to combat global threats like China. I am pleased to have secured critical funding for Missouri’s major military installations in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act that does just that,” said Senator Eric Schmitt. “Unfortunately, divisive DEI has crept into our nation’s military, which is hurting recruitment and driving a wedge between our servicemembers who rely deeply on working cohesively as a team. Our nation’s military is one of the single greatest meritocracies, and I intend to work to keep it that way. I fought to include amendments that will bring transparency to just how time and money much our military is spending on this divisive DEI, and enact a freeze on creating new DEI administrator positions or filling vacant DEI jobs. I intend to continue the fight to use defense funding solely on preparedness and lethality, not woke pet projects.”