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Public Statements

Budget Control Act of 2011

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. YOUNG of Indiana. Madam Speaker, we need to cut spending now. We need to control spending in the future. But the American people understand that our foremost constitutional duty here in Congress is to make sure that America is safe.

Former Secretary Gates said that further cuts to our military will mean that there are certain things our military won't be able to do and places they won't be able to go.

This proposal, the Reid-Obama plan, proposes cutting defense spending by $859 billion over 10 years compared to the President's fiscal year 2011 budget. Yet the President and Senator Reid have not told us what places we won't be going and what missions we won't be doing. This is irresponsible. I can't support this proposal.


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