Hartzler concerned with impact of Obama's sequester on national security

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, fears the Obama sequester will have a disastrous impact on our country’s national defense. The sequester, which takes effect today, requires the military to absorb the brunt of the reductions, taking a severe toll on military readiness.

“With the Obama sequester taking effect, a total of almost $1 trillion in drastic cuts to our military is set to be realized over the next 10 years,” said Hartzler. “Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned of a ‘hollowing’ of our armed forces if they were forced to suffer additional cuts. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno has cautioned that if we do not have the resources to adequately train and equip our men and women in uniform, they will pay the price – potentially with their lives. Yet, the day has arrived when we will cut the national defense of our country once again.”

“This is President Obama’s sequester, hatched by his then-Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew, and was included in the final version of the Budget Control Act of 2011 – which I voted against,” continued Hartzler. “My House colleagues and I later passed two bills to replace the sequester with sensible spending cuts and reforms that do not raise taxes on hard-working Americans.”

“Now that the sequester is taking effect, I urge President Obama to work with Congress to implement common-sense cutting alternatives to roll back the harmful impact of the sequester,” added Hartzler. “We can do it if we get our priorities right. Examples of waste abound: The IRS has its own TV station that costs taxpayers $4million a year; the EPA gave $100 million to foreign countries, including China, over the last 10 years; and the federal government owns $1.7 billion of excess or unused federal property. Let’s cut where it matters and prioritize our national security. It is time for the President to stop the campaign-style rallies, roll up his sleeves, and join those of us who are working hard to keep our country’s armed forces strong and ready.”

Congresswoman Hartzler, who resides on a working farm in Cass County, is a member of the House Armed Services, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.