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Statement by Congressman McCaul on Proposed Defense Cuts


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX) released the following statement in response to President Obama's proposed cuts to the Department of Defense:

"The saber rattling by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz demonstrates the need for a military capable of addressing multiple conflicts and disasters around the globe.

"Unfortunately, this administration wants to further erode our standing in the world by degrading the capabilities of our armed forces. The President's proposed cuts to the U.S. military end strength would end our ability to fight on two fronts and downsize our stealth fighter program, which our enemies fear. This is unacceptable.

"In addition, the fact that this president has even contemplated sharing sensitive information about our missile systems with Russia is cause for alarm. You do not provide potential adversaries your secrets. Continuing to place greater importance on dubious diplomatic efforts rather than protecting Americans and our interests abroad is a risky foreign policy.

"There is a void of American leadership in today's international setting. President Obama and his administration have decided to lead from behind and attempt to appease our enemies. This is a dangerous course.

"America's fiscal crisis is rooted in runaway spending and in programs that can no longer sustain themselves. We all need to tighten our belts, starting with entitlement reform. We also need sensible cost savings in the Department of Defense. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has it right. He said $100 billion could be saved in defense spending by reducing the number of contractors, cutting overhead, consolidating technology and limiting spending in the executive offices of the Pentagon. Cuts beyond that, he said repeatedly, are unwise.

"Downgrading America's role as a military superpower is not the answer."

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