Providing for Consideration of H.R. 933, Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013by Representative Derek Kilmer
Posted on 2013-03-06
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Mr. KILMER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to H.R. 933, the
Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and
Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act.
Talking to folks in our region, I know they will be hurt by the reckless across-the-board cuts included in this budget plan. From day one, I've said sequestration is a bad idea for our country. The bill we voted on today doesn't stop the furloughs that will hurt our communities, doesn't give non-defense agencies the flexibility to deal with the across-the-board cuts in a more strategic way, and doesn't limit the impact of deep cuts to programs like Impact Aid that ensures the schools that our military kids attend have the resources they need. I didn't come here to vote on partisan gimmicks. I'm here to solve problems. The bill we voted on today doesn't do that. It continues in the wrong direction for our military and for our other priorities.
Congress has 21 days until the current funding for the government expires. That's 21 days that Congress should be working nonstop until there is a bipartisan, long-term budget plan that addresses our financial sustainability and avoids making these mindless across-the- board cuts. For our national security, our businesses, and our middle class families, we need a responsible, long-term balanced budget plan to replace the across-the-board cuts and get our economy back on track.