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Massive Defense Cuts

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. WITTMAN. Madam Speaker, I rise today to express concerns on behalf of my constituents. Paralysis, uncertainty--these are the effects of inaction, inaction on looming, massive defense cuts that will go into effect in January 2013.

In America's First District, many small businesses exist to support our military, to innovate and to build systems and resources--resources for our troops that save lives and help them do their job on the battlefield. But these businesses face an uncertain future as the question of looming defense cuts, or sequestration, remain unresolved. Do they stop production? Do they lay off workers?

This spring, I voted with the majority in this House to avoid these massive defense cuts while putting the Nation's budget on a path to balance. The Senate has failed to act. The President has threatened to veto.

Our military and those who support it--and the national security of this country--demand our attention and respect. Leaving this issue to the last minute is irresponsible. Now is the time for action.

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