Ms. FOXX. Mr. Speaker, the President has burdened the Nation with 4 straight years of trillion dollar deficits and has added more than $5 trillion to our national defense. His failed policies have done nothing but make our economy worse. Now he wants to turn our debt crisis into a defense crisis. The President's own Secretary of Defense has said the looming half-trillion dollars in defense cuts would ``hollow out the force and inflict severe damage to our national defense.''
So far the President has refused to offer any alternatives whatever. House Republicans remain committed to slashing spending and reducing the deficit but not by arbitrarily cutting funding that supports our troops and their families. That's why we passed specific, commonsense reforms to replace these dangerous cuts.
It's time for the President to help us rescue our Nation's defenders from these imminent cuts before they take effect and our national security is further compromised.