U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement regarding President Obama's plan that could potentially reduce the United States' nuclear deterrent capabilities by more than 35 percent.
"Our national defense priorities have always been a troubling issue with the Obama administration," Vitter said. "This decision is completely at odds with the current realities facing our nation and seems to be completely at odds with our request to require Congressional approval for any drawdowns. President Obama basically told Russia's president that he'll walk away from our nuclear deterrence and at the same time is also walking away from helping protect our close allies in Europe right when the threat is greatest for them, particularly from Iran and others who we know are seeking these capabilities -- I just hoped he wouldn't actually do it."
In March 2012 Vitter co-signed a letter from Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and 41 other Senators to President Obama asking him to further explain his position about his conversation with Russia's president when he said he needs "flexibility" on missile defense. The Senators stated they will oppose any efforts to arbitrarily limit the United States' missile defense capabilities or pursue ill-advised nuclear arms reductions.
Vitter is also on the Strategic Forces Subcommittee which has jurisdiction over missile defense, nuclear weapons and deterrence and space programs.