Congressman Dennis A. Ross (R-FL) released the following statement after voting NO on both resolutions authorizing limited use of force in Libya.
H.J.Res.68 - Authorizing the limited use of the United States Armed Forces in support of the NATO mission in Libya.
H.R. 2278 - To limit the use of funds appropriated to the Department of Defense for United States Armed Forces in support of North Atlantic Treaty Organization Operation Unified Protector with respect to Libya.
"Congress should never attempt to micromanage a war. We tried that before, and hundreds of thousands of American service members, like my three brothers, witnessed the results firsthand in Vietnam. When it comes to war, the United States should either get in it to win it, or not get in it. Today's resolutions simply attempt to find an antiseptic middle road to avoid the difficult questions. Either we declare war and support victory or we remove our troops from harm's way. The troops deserve a definitive answer and the taxpayers deserve an accountable Congress."
Congressman Ross further addressed the issue of abandoning NATO allies when he said, "US defense spending accounts for almost 75% of spending by all NATO members. In addition, every alliance member voted in favor of the Libya operation, yet only half have contributed anything to the mission. Without the United States financial and military contributions, there would be no NATO. Greece and many other nations can sustain their generous social welfare states because they rise and sleep under the US defense umbrella. It is time for the United States to maintain strong multilateral defense ties to nations that are capable of contributing to their own defense and no longer subsidize European lethargy."
Dennis Ross is the son of World War II Navy combat veteran, Bill Ross Sr. and his mother, Loyola Ross. He graduated from Auburn University and the Cumberland School of Law at Sanford University. He has served as in-house counsel to the Walt Disney Company and as an associate of the law firm of Holland & Knight. He previously served in the Florida Legislature from 2000 until being term limited in 2008. Dennis and his wife, Cindy Hartley, were married in 1983 and have two sons, Shane and Travis.
In the 112th Congress, Dennis will serve on the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform (Chairman of the Federal Workforce, Postal Service & Labor Policy Subcommittee) as well as the Education & the Workforce and Judiciary Committees.