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Forbes Releases Statement in Regards To Vote on House Republican Budget

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"I could not in good faith offer my support for this year's House budget because I believe it fails to fund our military at an adequate level to provide for the common defense of our Nation. While this plan does take the first step toward achieving a balanced budget, reducing the deficit and canceling the $500 billion in automatic sequestration cuts that I voted against and have been fighting to reverse for the past 20 months, it accepts a defense strategy from 2012 that I and my colleagues agreed at the time was not a strategy for a superior military, but instead a menu for long-term mediocrity. If we are going to uphold our Constitutional duty, we cannot continue to insist that budget-driven cuts to our military are unacceptable, only to then accept the unacceptable and slash our spending further. Our Nation simply cannot afford to unilaterally disarm our military in a world where North Korea is testing nuclear weapons and proliferating nuclear technology, Iran is building ballistic missiles and supporting terrorist proxies, and China is rapidly modernizing its military to push the United States out of the Asia-Pacific."


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