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Blackburn Statement on the Obama Administration's Plan to Cut America's Military


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) issued the following statement in response to the Obama Administration's announcement today that the president plans to cut America's military with two rounds of Base Realignment And Closure (BRAC) starting in 2013.

"The number one priority of our government is to protect the American people from threats to our nation. It is extremely dangerous for President Obama to gut our nation's defense when we all know it is already spread too thin. Despite what the President's plan calls for, we shouldn't be throwing 100,000 military personnel on the unemployment line.

"Unlike our President, I regularly speak with our commanders on the ground and take their concerns seriously. I have assured General McConville that my focus will remain to support our troops and military families stationed at Fort Campbell. I will fight to ensure that the brave men and women of the 101st Airborne, who played such a vital role fighting in the Global War on Terror over the last ten years, continue to have the resources they need to remain the best fighting force in the world. I will also continue to work with General Haston and do everything within my power to maintain the National Guard and Reserves that this President seems to want to destroy."

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