Major cuts are needed across the board in federal spending, and our military will certainly see a decline in the federal money it receives. However, freedom cannot be quantified in monetary terms. Therefore, military spending is one area where we must stay vigilant in order to defend our homeland, remain a world power, and provide for the men and women who protect us. Fiscal responsibility remains important in this arena. However, the threats to our nation continue to grow, and our troops rely on the American people to support them in exchange for their sacrifices. In Washington, I will balance the needs of military with the crisis of overspending we face.
Additionally, our veterans must not be overlooked. Not only have we made a commitment to the fine men and women in uniform, we also must consider the repercussions our nation would face if the volunteer army no longer had willing enlistees. We must treat our veterans fairly, or else we will see a decline in the number of recruits. Close to 100,000 veterans reside in the First District, and as their Congressman, I will support legislation that addresses the serious problems our veterans encounter back at home.