Congressman Robert Hurt today released the following statement after voting in favor of the National Security and Job Protection Act. This legislation will ensure that devastating cuts to our military will not take place at the year's end and will require the President to put forth his plan to replace these impending cuts:
"With each day that goes by, we inch closer the so-called fiscal cliff, which is projected to plunge our economy into a deep recession and destroy thousands of jobs across the Commonwealth by devastating our military and raising taxes on families and small businesses. Unfortunately, those of us in the House of Representatives are the only ones who fully appreciate the devastating impacts this will have on our local communities. While the House has offered a plan to replace these irresponsible, across-the-board cuts, the Senate and the White House refuse to take a seat at the table.
"The American people have asked the President to explain how the sequester will impact the country -- he missed the deadline to do so. Now, we face a much more critical deadline as failure to address this situation now will send us over the cliff on January 1st. This is a deadline the President cannot afford to miss and it is my hope that the White House and the Senate will heed the calls of the American people and join with the House in addressing the impending crisis so we can keep our military men and women adequately equipped, protect jobs across the 5th District and the Commonwealth, and reduce our national debt in a responsible manner."