Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement today after the Obama Administration released its report as required by the Sequestration Transparency Act.
"Today's Sequestration Transparency report released by the Administration is disappointing, but not surprising. Judging by the report's seven-day delay, it is clear the President does not view this important issue as a top priority. The Administration's lack of leadership to stop the devastating defense budget cuts conveys that the President is not concerned with placing our national security at risk. This report provides no direction as to how sequestration will be implemented if it were to occur; nor, does it guarantee that our military will possess the equipment, personnel, and capability needed to keep America safe.
"The impacts of the impending sequester will be devastating. Not only is the president taking a gamble with the safety of the American people by cutting our military personnel and reducing their equipment, he is also threatening the ability of our Armed Forces to protect themselves overseas. Our brave men and women serving in uniform have dedicated their lives to keeping the American people and the freedoms we enjoy secure. If sequestration is fully implemented, thousands of hardworking Americans will be forced out of employment. The number of American families receiving pink slips, as early as November, could possibly lead to an increase in our unemployment rate by a full percentage point. With record unemployment at or above eight percent for the past 43 months, it is absolutely necessary for the Administration to address sequestration head on and prevent its implementation."