Mr. ROGERS of Alabama. Mr. Speaker, the Anniston Army Depot is in my hometown and my district. It serves as a critical installation for our brave warfighters and our Nation.
Now with President Obama's sequester just days away, the depot, along with other vital military installations across our country, faces devastating cuts, possibly resulting in furloughs for already hurting families.
I agree we need to cut spending, and we need to reduce the size of our Federal Government; but I also believe, for our national security and for our warfighters' readiness, we must cut spending in a smarter way.
Friday will mark the beginning of the $85 billion in Federal cuts across the board this year. I stand here today to urge President Obama to do the right thing: support what the House has done twice and replace these sequester cuts with smarter, more responsible reforms. And let's do it without trying to raise taxes again on the American people in just two months' time.