Hartzler: Reject Efforts to Defund our Military
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), Ranking Member of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, issued the following statement in opposition to an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021 making steep cuts to critical national defense programs:
“I wholeheartedly reject any amendment to hamstring our national security, create another sequestration, and curb our armed forces’ capacity to maintain its competitive edge. The House Armed Services Committee passed the current version of the NDAA with broad support, receiving input and support from both Republicans and Democrats. Instead, progressives are attempting to undo the work of our committee by proposing a $73 billion cut from military spending,” Hartzler said.
“This dangerous measure would make a steep 16% across-the-board cut on critical defense programs such as pilot training, depot maintenance, and military construction. Defunding the military in such a drastic fashion would have grave consequences for our national security, creating readiness shortfalls and lapses in important programs that would put our brave men and women in uniform in harm’s way and make our country less safe.
“In order for America to project its dominance in the international system and safeguard the security of all Americans, we must modernize and recapitalize our forces in all military domains. To do this, our military requires an NDAA that addresses those needs. From nuclear to conventional, and from land to sea, we are relying on legacy platforms and weapons that must be updated to meet current and future threats.
“The current version of the NDAA does just that and we must not allow partisan hackery to derail this progress. I urge my colleagues to overwhelmingly reject this amendment to defund our military and to send a strong message of support for the commendable bravery and heroism our men and women in service offer each and every day,” Hartzler concluded.