The United States Congress and President Obama in their infinite wisdom have decided that because they could not agree to a balanced federal budget, automatic cuts must be made to important military programs – even while we are at war!
If some politicians in Congress and the Administration have it their way, our fighting force will be hollowed out and gutted by career politicians looking to balance the budget on the backs of the men and women that have been fighting to keep America safe and strong.
By now you may have heard of the Congressional "Super-Committee." This is the committee comprised of twelve members of Congress, Senators and Representatives from both political parties who have been tasked with finding 1.2 trillion dollars in spending cuts.
Those spending cuts, by law, will come from military spending. The law known as the Budget Control Act of 2011 requires members of the Super-Committee to find 1.2 trillion in spending over ten years…and if they can’t - it means across the board cuts for defense and non-defense spending. And who here thinks Congress can balance a budget or find spending cuts?
I need you to urgently call the twelve members of Congress listed in this email and ask them to cut wasteful non-defense spending so that we can save vital military programs that are helping our troops accomplish their missions.
Recently, a national poll showed that America's confidence in our military to keep the nation safe has grown to 72%. Meanwhile, greater numbers of American’s have lost confidence in the Congress. The same poll found that 57% of respondents have little or no confidence in Congress.
We don’t need polls and interviews to tell us that the American military has pulled its weight since 9-11. What we do need is the support of the American public and the Congress to fight and win wars when boots are on the ground.
Congressman Allen West of Florida, and decorated Iraq veteran, recently summed up how we should view this process:
"Not just so much from a strategic level, but also from a tactical level, through the operational level, back up to the strategic level, we have to go back and start developing a strategy first and foremost before we start looking to the military and basing the military upon the budget, or basing the military upon the numbers."
Our warriors and their families have made incredible sacrifices for over a decade now. And when Americans set foot in harm’s way, we must do everything possible to support them. That includes ensuring they have the resources necessary to accomplish their mission.
Please, join me today in calling and faxing all twelve members.
Joel A. Arends
Veterans for a Strong America
Contact Your Representative Now
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R, Texas)
Phone: (202) 225-3484
Fax: (202) 226-4888
Sen. Patty Murray (D, Washington)
Phone: (202) 224-2621
Fax: (202) 224-0238
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D, Maryland)
Phone: (202) 225-5341
Fax: (202) 225-0375
Sen. Jon Kyl (R, Arizona)
Phone: (202) 224-4521
Fax: (202) 224-2207
Sen. John Kerry (D, Massachusetts)
Sen. Pat Toomey (R, Pennsylvania)
Phone: (202) 224-4254
Fax: (202) 228-0284
Sen. Max Baucus (D, Montana)
Phone: (202) 224-2651
Fax: (202) 224-9412
Sen. Rob Portman (R, Ohio)
Phone: (202) 224-3353
Fax: (202) 224-9075
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D, California)
Phone: (202) 225-6235
Fax: (202) 225-2202
Rep. Dave Camp (R, Michigan)
Phone: (202) 225-3561
Fax: (202) 225-9679
Rep. James Clyburn (D, South Carolina)
Phone: (202) 225-3315
Fax: (202) 225-2313
Rep. Fred Upton (R, Michigan)
Phone: (202) 225-3761
Fax: (202) 225-4986