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For Immediate Release: April 10, 2013         Contact: Claude Chafin or John Noonan (202) 225-2539

  Statement by the Chairman on the President's Budget Submission

WASHINGTON - House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon made the following statement on the President's budget submission: 

"My job as Chairman of the Armed Services Committee is to listen to the advice of our senior commanders and ensure that Congress meets our responsibility to 'provide for the common defense.'

"Two months ago, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff testified before my committee that our military could not absorb any additional cuts and continue to carry out the missions the country has assigned to them.  In the ensuing weeks the situation in Syria became more volatile, we are in a stand-off with North Korea, and we appear to be opening a North African front in the War on Terror.  In other words, we are already adding to what we have asked our military to do while the President cuts their resources.  Now, with no assessment of strategic impact, the President has proposed yet another arbitrary cut of $120 billion from the military.  
"Historically, Congress and the White House have both proven to be poor judges of where and how we will have to fight to preserve our liberty.  What we can say with certainty is that the fight will come.  By levying more cuts on the military, the President has decided that a future generation of Americans won't have what they need on that day."