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Roe Statement on Senator Reid Plan

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Washington, July 30, 2011 | comments

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) issued the following statement on legislation put forth by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV):

“The House has passed two proposals that would clean up our country’s fiscal mess by cutting trillions of dollars in wasteful spending, restrain future out-of-control spending and allow the government to pay its bills. Unfortunately, the Democratic-controlled Senate would not even allow a debate on the legislation.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Democrat colleagues voted for a procedural motion to kill the legislation.  This country cannot afford to default on its debt because President Obama and some in Congress are playing politics.

“I voted against Senator Reid's plan because it gives the president a blank check to continue his domestic spending spree, while doing nothing to address our out-of-control deficit. Even more troubling, this legislation hacks away at the resources needed by our Armed Forces to keep America safe, which will directly impact our military readiness over the next decade.

“The budgets the House has passed cancels President Obama’s credit card. It creates the conditions necessary for businesses to flourish. It shrinks our government. And most importantly, it halts three years of neglect to our Armed Forces.”

The U.S. House of Representatives voted down the Reid plan by a vote of 173-246.

Several of our nation’s top military commanders have echoed concern about Reid’s plan:

  • “Extraordinarily Difficult and Very High Risk.” “Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, President Obama’s nominee to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned…that proposed cuts in the military budget of up to $1 trillion would be ‘extraordinarily difficult and very high risk.’”  (The New York Times, 7/26/11)
  • “Fundamental Changes” in Capabilities. “General Joseph Dunford, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, said his service would have ‘challenges’ in implementing its share of a $400 billion cut. ‘I think if they were to exceed $400 billion we would start to have to make some fundamental changes in the capability of the Marine Corps,’ Dunford said.” (Reuters, 7/27/11)
  • “Not Be Able to Do as Much Tomorrow as We … Do Today.” Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli: “Whatever reductions are made carry risk and with reductions we will not be able to do as much tomorrow as we are able to do today. Everything we do should be aimed at reducing that risk.” (Testimony, 7/26/11)

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