U.S. Representative Tom Rooney (FL-17), a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, issued the following statement on proposed TRICARE fee increases in President Obama's budget:
"I strongly oppose President Obama's proposal to hike TRICARE fees on our military retirees and their families. While I understand the budget realities that the Department of Defense is facing, we cannot ask our veterans to pay the price for Washington's overspending.
"Southwest and central Florida is home to tens of thousands of troops, veterans and military retirees. These brave men and women put their lives on the line to defend our nation, and we have a sacred obligation to keep the promises we made to them.
"Rather than balancing its budget on the backs of our veterans and their families, Congress and the President need to ensure that the Department of Defense has the funds it needs to keep our country safe and fully support our military personnel and retirees. If that means cutting spending in other areas, so be it. Protecting our country and caring for our veterans must be the top priorities in our budget."