Martha Roby, others urge lawmakers to remember human cost of steep Defense cuts

October 13, 2011
Roby in the News

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, joined fellow U.S. Reps. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., and Mack Thornberry, R-Texas, via YouTube to caution against extreme cuts in the U.S. Defense Department budget.

Roby, and the other representatives, say the massive cuts already made, and even larger ones being considered, would be debilitating to U.S. security and especially for troops and their families.

"We cannot continue to expand their mission and ask them to do more with less," Roby says on a  video published on the Armed Services Committee YouTube channel.

Roby has Maxwell-Gunter AFB in Montgomery and Fort Rucker in Enterprise in her district. But, she says, the provision to maintain the security of the nation is one of the few jobs so directly required of Congress in the Constitution.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is testifying this morning before Congress on spending issues.

"Our challenge is taking a force that has been involved in a decade of war and ensuring that we build the military we need to defend our country for the next decade even at a time of fiscal austerity," Panetta said in a statement prepared for a House Armed Services Committee hearing.

Also testifying before the panel was Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, making his first appearance on Capitol Hill since taking over as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Oct. 1.

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