Service members on active duty, Guard, and Reserve forces and their families have made great personal sacrifices in defense of our nation. I am honored to serve as Chairman of the House Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee and have the opportunity to support those who have responded valiantly to the threats we have faced. Since I first came to Congress, I have consistently voted to increase funding for our military. I have also worked to increase the quality of life for our men and women in uniform and their families, as well as our nation’s veterans.
We must ensure that our troops have the resources and support they need from Congress, while leaving strategic and tactical decisions to the commanders in the field. Congress should not micromanage or second-guess decisions made in real time on the battlefield. I am immensely proud of the men and women of our armed forces, and they can always count on my unwavering support.
Sequestration would have a devastating impact on our military at a critical time. The Pentagon would have to slash over $50 billion from its budget, which would negatively impact our national security and could cost hundreds of thousands of jobs. I support maintaining a strong and visible presence around the world to ensure American prosperity and protect our country from those who wish us harm.
On May 10, 2012, I voted in favor of H.R. 5652 the “Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012,” which would replace the across-the board cuts that would devastate our military and other sectors of the federal government. On May 17, 2012, I voted in favor of the Rigell Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Bill that would eliminate sequestration of discretionary spending for fiscal year 2013 as long as Congress cuts spending over the next five years equivalent to the amount that would have been cut by sequestration. This amendment would allow Congress to carefully select the necessary reductions rather than resorting to damaging across-the-board cuts. Both of these measures are were passed by the House of Representatives and are currently awaiting action by the Senate.
I will continue to support legislation that promotes the well-being and fair treatment of our service men and women. I encourage all Americans to keep in their thoughts and prayers those service members who are deployed in the defense of our nation and our way of life.
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