Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has released the following statement in response to a Harris Interactive survey of 4,000 likely voters in Missouri and four other states impacted by sequestration cuts:
"This poll shows 80 percent of voters in Missouri and four other states believe an alternative to sequestration must be found before the November elections. The U.S. House has already put forward a responsible plan I supported to keep our country safe by replacing cuts to the military with domestic spending cuts and reforms. Unfortunately, Senate Leader Harry Reid refuses to allow the Senate to vote on this common sense idea. This must change and these looming defense cuts must be stopped.
I invite the public to weigh in on this important issue by participating in the Defending Our Defenders listening session I will host with Congressman Randy Forbes, House Armed Services Subcommittee Chairman for Readiness, on September 18th in Warrensburg. The forum will include brief presentations on the impact of defense cuts and sequestration on our men and women in uniform as well as on communities that are home to military installations. For the good of our nation these defense cuts must be avoided."
Congresswoman Hartzler, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, represents Missouri's 4th Congressional District which is home to Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base.