U.S. House Republicans today passed a measure designed to shed light on the massive automatic spending cuts to America's defense department which kick-in January 1. The bill gives the White House thirty days to detail the cuts to individual programs and activities as well as the defense accounts that would be exempt from the automatic reductions. President Obama has so far ignored bi-partisan requests to shed light on the military cuts which may cost Texas nearly 160,000 in job losses from active military and defense companies.
"Our soldiers have a right to know if they are being laid off, and so do the workers and communities that build the technology to protect our troops and nation," said U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady (R-Texas). "The House of Representatives has already acted to stop these cuts and replace them with savings from frivolous programs that aren't as important as national security. Yet the President and Democrat-led Senate have buried their heads in the sand."
Brady adds that hollowing out America's war fighting force is the wrong way to reduce the deficit because the threats of tomorrow will be battled with the weapons and armed forces decided today.
"Why should our troops bear half the cuts when they are less than 20% of Washington spending" asks Brady. "That's dangerous and short-sighted."