Chairman Young issued the following statement on the filing of the Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Resolution:
"From day one, I have said that Defense cuts should be on the table when addressing the federal deficit, but that any cuts I recommend will not adversely affect our national security and I will not support any cuts that adversely affect our war fighters. Within a $500-plus billion bill, we can certainly find savings and efficiencies while providing for the wellbeing of our troops and their families, and ensuring they remain the best trained and equipped fighting force in the world."
"Specifically, the Defense section of this bill provides $516.2 billion in base funding, which is $8.1 billion above the fiscal year 2010 enacted level. While this level is $14.8 billion below the requested level, the bill strikes a balance between reasonable and valid reductions while not jeopardizing national security. The bill also includes $157.8 billion for overseas contingency operations, the same as requested for fiscal year 2011. These funds specifically, will ensure that those brave men and women on the front lines get everything they need to carry out their mission successfully."