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Hartzler calls on "supercommittee" to avoid further national defense cuts

October 19, 2011
Press Release

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) is urging members of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction – the so-called “supercommittee” that will offer its recommendations to Congress by November 23rd - to refrain from further cuts to America’s national defense. In a letter to “supercommittee” members, Hartzler and fellow members of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) warn further cuts to the military will put our country’s national defense at risk.

“If further cuts to the military are implemented … these cuts would pose a serious threat to the nation’s readiness to respond to current and future global security challenges, break the back of our Armed Forces while slowing our economic recovery, and do little to resolve our debt crisis,” stated Hartzler and other HASC members in the letter.

“A plan to cut $465 billion in the military budget over the next ten years is already in place,” said Hartzler. “Deeper cuts would be irresponsible, put vital missions at risk, and make our all-volunteer military unsustainable.”

Further cuts would also destroy jobs and stall the economy,” added Hartzler. “Innovative defense technologies and weapons production systems provide millions of good jobs across the country. Hundreds of billions of dollars more in cuts would force major manufacturing operations, like shipyards, to close. Furthermore, an estimated 200,000 servicemen and women could be cut from our fighting force. This is the wrong approach. The ‘supercommittee’ must not turn a superpower into a regional power.”

The 12-member “supercommittee,” made up evenly of Senators and Representatives, must present a plan by Thanksgiving to cut about $1.5 trillion from projected borrowing over the next decade. Failure to do so would trigger $1.2 trillion in spending cuts – with much of that total coming from national defense.

Vicky Hartzler was elected to Congress on November 2, 2010. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Agriculture Committee.