Bishop Responds to Latest DOD Proposed Cuts
WASHINGTON— Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), today issued the following statement in response to Department of Defense (DOD) Secretary Chuck Hagel's remarks about new cuts to military spending:
"Defense sequestration has proven to be as bad as I had feared, and its consequences are exactly why I voted against it in the first place. The draconian cuts made by former Defense Secretary Gates during President Obama's first term were devastating to our national defense capabilities. Those reductions, now compounded by a series of spending cuts known as sequestration, have resulted in a force structure that barely rivals what we had prior to the depression era. History tells us that a weakened national defense invites aggression from abroad, something I think we all agree we don't want to see. To weaken our military to the point where the Obama Administration seems to want to take us with this latest budget is extremely short-sighted and dangerous. There is no justification for where we are today. This Administration's priorities are misplaced and focused beyond our core Constitutional responsibilities.
"The solutions we desperately seek will not be found by cutting the Air Force's A-10 fleet or taking the Apache Helicopter away from the National Guard. They won't be found by taking away military families' access to affordable goods and services at base commissaries, cutting housing allowances, or slashing their health care benefits. Needed savings will be found by cutting irresponsible spending and improving the management of the federal resources provided to our country by hardworking men and women. This proposed budget would inflict more pain on our troops and military capabilities while other areas of federal spending, such as entitlements, seem to continue to grow unchecked. I hope that the Congress can work to re-prioritize the appropriate and responsible level of defense spending to help maintain our national security and our way of life."