House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement as President Obama prepared to wrap up his budget of empty promises tour in Nevada today. Included in the highly partisan speech on his proposal which the president delivered last week to jumpstart his campaign was mention of $400 billion in cuts to the nation's defense budget.
"Any honest plan to lower our deficits and get our debt under control must include careful scrutiny of how taxpayer dollars are spent at the Pentagon," said Chairman Price. "The responsible budget House Republicans have proposed does make cuts in defense spending based on the recommendations of our military. The president unfortunately has made vague promises to slash $400 billion more in defense spending which leaves a remarkable amount of uncertainty for those who plan and execute the defense of our nation. Further, it could threaten our ability to achieve success in our current operations, plan for potential threats, and provide support for our military families. Just weeks after getting involved in another conflict overseas, our Commander-in-Chief is traveling the country trying to sell a so-called budget proposal that is heavy on rhetoric but light on the details. The Obama Administration should not finance its dreams of high-speed rail and other "investments' on the backs of our military men and women and their families. As we fight to restore fiscal sanity for our future, we must also ensure that we are providing the necessary resources to those fighting to protect it."