Bill Nelson voted to cut national defense spending by $500 billion, a move that top military commanders have warned will weaken military readiness.
During a visit at Marianna Airmotive Corporation in Pensacola, Republican Senate nominee, Congressman Connie Mack said:
"Bill Nelson voted to gut our military readiness. He has put the brave men and women who dedicate their lives to keep us free and secure in even more danger, not less. Instead of fighting to stop this reckless slash of our military, Bill Nelson was complicit in making it happen in the first place."
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Agrees Cuts Imperil U.S.Military:
In June 2012 Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had this to say about these looming cuts to national defense (often called sequestration)
"It would lead to further end-strength reductions, the potential cancellation of major weapons systems and the disruption of global operations. We can't yet say precisely how bad the damage would be, but it is clear that sequestration would risk hollowing out our force and reducing its military options available to the nation. We would go from being unquestionably powerful everywhere to being less visible globally and presenting less of an overmatch to our adversaries, and that would translate into a different deterrent calculus, and potentially, therefore, increase the likelihood of conflict."