Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) released the following statement about her spending cut discussion plan:
"I am against another increase of the government's debt ceiling. Instead of making it easier for Washington to spend more of your tax dollars, Congress must do the hard work of making real and necessary cuts in federal spending. The total debt held by the public is now $14 trillion and rising, and we must take decisive action to bring it down. Toward that end, I have put a list of more than $400 billion in cuts on the table for discussion and I've been calling on other members of Congress to do the same.
"I am pleased that this discussion is generating valuable conversation. Many of my constituents have called to weigh in on the possible cuts.
"One point on my discussion list was a $4.5 billion proposal that would affect payments made to our veterans. That discussion point has received a lot of attention and I have decided to remove it from consideration. The problem of government spending must be solved, but not on the backs of our nation's war heroes. I have always been a proud supporter of the United States military and I continue to stand with our veterans. In the months ahead I look forward to working with our Veterans Service Organizations to ensure that we fulfill our commitments to those who sacrificed so much in their brave service for our country."