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Sequestration of Defense Dollars

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. WITTMAN. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to share my frustration with the Congress' inaction on looming cuts coming to the Nation's defense budget.

In America's First District, we have a deep military history. Many of my constituents have or continue to bravely serve their Nation in a military uniform. Set to take effect in January 2013, sequestration will cut billions of defense dollars at a time when we see so much unrest across the world and American troops still deployed in harm's way in Afghanistan.

I am adamantly opposed to these catastrophic cuts and believe Congress must act now. Sequestration threatens the capability of our military to adequately protect this Nation. The Bipartisan Policy Center estimated that sequestration would result in a loss of about 1 million jobs in 2013 and 2014. This is not simply American job loss; it is a loss of critical national security capability.

Congress must not choose failure over making tough choices for the greater good of this country. Failure is an outcome we must not and cannot accept.

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