Thursday, December 15, 2011
Hartzler: Funding for national security must be protected
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) is fighting to protect our national security in the face of defense cuts. She is co-sponsoring the Down Payment to Protect National Security Act, legislation to prevent the devastating cuts to America’s military that could come about as a result of the so-called super committee to reach agreement on slashing the deficit.
“This bill is aimed at ensuring our men and women in uniform have the resources and equipment they need to keep us safe,” said Hartzler. “It also ensures ‘providing for the common defense’ remains a priority for our country. I believe we need to rein in the federal government’s runaway spending, but don’t believe we should balance our budget on the backs of our men and women in uniform.”
“This defense fix is absolutely necessary,” continued Hartzler. “The United States Constitution makes it clear that the primary obligation of Congress is to provide for the defense our country. Defense spending has already been cut dramatically and we must stop further cuts from taking place. This ‘defense fix’ should allow us to allocate the funding that is necessary to protect us from would-be aggressors.”
“National defense is a non-partisan matter,” added Hartzler. “President Obama’s own Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, has cautioned against further cuts to our military and has even warned additional cuts to national defense would be devastating. I agree completely with the Secretary of Defense. Our national security must not be put at risk.”