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Sequester Day 1 Rogers: Cut Spending, Pass Reforms to Keep National Security Strong

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Location: Washington, DC

With House and Senate leadership's meeting today with President Obama resulting in no new action on the sequester, Congressman Mike Rogers urged the leaders to continue their negotiations to hold the line on spending and agree on reforms that will help keep our nation's defense strong.

"Excessive spending over the long term has resulted in trillion-dollar deficits and $16.6 trillion in debt. This is the root cause of our budget crisis. Today is the first day of President Obama's sequestration cuts and the local impact across East Alabama will begin to be felt in many ways, like at our vital military facilities.

"As the Army struggles to implement these cuts, we should apply smarter spending reforms to President Obama's sequester. These reforms should reflect our priorities and our changing national security strategy after fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, while ensuring we do not harm our military's readiness," Rogers said.

In East Alabama, Rogers has been working to fight for the interests of all of East Alabama's military facilities in preparation for sequestration. For example, this week, Rogers met with General Dennis L. Via, the commanding general for the Army Materiel Command (AMC), which overees the the Anniston Army Depot to advocate for additional workload in Anniston. Rogers also has been pressing the Army to provide more information on additional workload that could result from Foreign Military Sales (FMS).

Rogers is Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.

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