U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) participated in yesterday's House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing titled, "Beijing as an Emerging Power in the South China Sea." Rep. Kelly raised concerns over the effect sequestration will have on America's ability to defend ourselves and our allies in Asia and around the world.
"In 10 years the Secretary of Defense says that we will have the smallest Navy since 1915, the smallest ground forces since 1940, and the smallest Air Force in our history," Rep. Kelly said.
"There is in the future a coming together with history and the facts of the past and I really am concerned as we look into the future that we somehow seem to think that we can have a blind eye to what is happening and think it's going to be alright."
Regarding the attacks in Libya and Egypt, Rep. Kelly added, "I don't know how long it's going to take before we wake up. There are things happening around the world, we've just seen it the last couple of days. This is absolutely crazy what's going on. We continue to think it's going to be alright, it's not going to be alright. We need to be the strongest player in the world not because we want to take over the world but that we're the only ones that can protect the rest of those out there that are weak."