U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today issued the following statement about sequester cuts to service members' tuition assistance:
"I support tuition assistance for our service members and am disappointed that the administration is making these cuts. As someone who voted against the Budget Control Act and its unnecessarily harsh spending reductions for our military, I believe that the federal government can make more sensible cuts in spending to reduce the deficit. In fact, I co-authored legislation last week that would have given the administration the ability to make smarter spending reductions that focus more on waste, duplicate programs, and lower priority expenditures - rather than going after tuition assistance. Unfortunately, President Obama threatened to veto this common-sense proposal and it was defeated by my senate colleagues across the aisle.
"There are innumerable opportunities for savings to the federal budget including unneeded projects, duplicative missions, waste, and fraud. We spend $8 billion a year for federal employees to go to conferences and trips. We spend money for a Cowboy Poetry Festival and a million dollars for taste-testing foods to be served on Mars. We have 80 different economic development programs spread across the federal government. We have 94 different programs to encourage the construction of green buildings. We have 47 different job training programs. I believe that this administration can and should find smarter spending cuts instead of taking away tuition assistance from those who protect our country. I will keep working toward this important goal."