Today, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, announced that she will be joining the Subcommittee on Defense in the 113th Congress. Last year, the Defense Subcommittee approved over half a trillion dollars to fund the Department of Defense and the intelligence agencies for fiscal year 2013.
In the new Congress, McCollum will retain her position on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, which provides annual funding for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
McCollum issued the following statement:
"I want to ensure that our military is efficient, effective, and capable of meeting our national security priorities. We need a strong military, but we can't afford to keep borrowing from China to pay for the Pentagon's overspending. Now is the time for tough choices, smart cuts, and real deficit reduction that includes cuts to defense spending."