Wicker Statement on Chinese Spy Balloon In U.S. Airspace

Armed Services Ranking Member: Pentagon Needs to Offer “Full and Accurate Accounting” of Incursion to Congress, American People

February 2, 2023

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., the ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement in response to press reports regarding a high-altitude Chinese spy balloon found over the continental United States:

“The Department of Defense owes Congress and the American people a full and accurate accounting of why U.S. forces did not take proactive measures to address this airspace incursion by the People’s Republic of China," Wicker said. “Information strongly suggests the Department failed to act with urgency in responding to this airspace incursion by a high-altitude surveillance balloon.  No incursion should be ignored, and should be dealt with appropriately.”