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National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013

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Location: Washington, DC

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Ms. WOOLSEY. I want to thank the gentlelady from California for bringing this amendment forward.

Mr. Chairman, I rise in strong support of this amendment, and I am proud to be a cosponsor and to show the difference between both sides of the aisle, because with all of the fiscal challenges that we face, it's just common sense that the most generously funded government agency, the Department of Defense, would tighten its belt just like everyone else.

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Ms. WOOLSEY. Mr. Chairman, after 8 long and deadly years, we finally ended the war in Iraq. Hopefully, the war in Afghanistan is drawing to a close, but not nearly as quickly as I'd like.

The last thing we can afford is to enter another military conflict that kills Americans, drains our Treasury, and undermines our national reputation and our national security. That's why I support this amendment.

By sending a special envoy to Iran, we can take definitive steps to avoid war, giving diplomacy the best chance to succeed, and giving ourselves the best chance to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

This is consistent with my SMART Security Platform, which demands that we explore every possible alternative to war, that we use peaceful conflict resolution whenever and wherever possible, that we make a renewed commitment to nuclear nonproliferation.

So let's do the smart thing. Vote ``yes'' on this amendment. Prevent war.

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Sure, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are happy to cut and are big budget cutters when it comes to food stamps and Medicare and the safety net and anti-poverty programs. But when it comes to war and when it comes to weapons, they actually are the biggest spenders of all. I think the bare minimum we can ask is to keep the DOD budget at the level agreed to last year when we passed the Budget Control Act.

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