Now more than ever, we depend on our nation's military to provide safety and security to all Americans. Congressman Matheson supports a strong national defense and will always vote to ensure our troops are provided with the very best equipment and training.
Our country faces challenging economic times and Congressman Matheson has heard from Utahns across the state that reining in federal government spending is a top priority. Without a doubt, Congress must consider all serious proposals to gain control over federal budgeting, including those within the Department of Defense. Even as every agency shares in the sacrifice to restore fiscal order, Congressman Matheson believes proposed defense cuts must be considered in such a way that does not jeopardize the safety of our troops or threaten their readiness. In this regard, he believes that experts like former Secretary Gates - who proposed cutting $100 billion from the nation's defense budget, including funding requested through the National Defense Authorization Act and defense appropriations over the next five years - can provide the most appropriate benchmarks for Congress to consider. Given the current state of our deficit, Matheson appreciates Secretary Gates' efforts to reduce spending, and looks forward to reviewing these proposed reductions as Congress appropriates money for the Department of Defense in the coming year.