Congressional Hearings - March 7, 2012
In the interest of time I will pass to my good friend, Mr. Bishop, of Georgia, for any opening remarks he'd like to make.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
And I would like to welcome this distinguished panel. I view this hearing as a continuation of our budget overview hearing with a few more topics.
As you know, last week we had the military BRACs (ph) before us and today we have the civilian leadership. Last week I thought we had a good hearing that shed some light on some difficult issues that are facing the Department of Defense. Some of these issues include ending two wars, starting a force drawdown, and dealing with lower budgets. And as you can imagine, the department has a full plate.
In addition to those issues let's not forget that sequestration is looming due to the Budget Control Act. It would be harmful to our national defense if we have sequestration, but I'd like to also say that it'd be harmful to all the federal agencies and I don't want to give the impression that I'm only concerned about the Department of Defense, because I'm concerned about all the agencies.
But there's one more item that concerns me, Mr. Chairman. As you know, the F.Y. '13 budget request has not one but two BRAC rounds, and as I said last week, the department should practically consider taking further reductions in the overseas bases before initiating another BRAC round for bases in CONUS.
The witnesses before us are dealing with some of the serious challenges that we face, but I want to show them that -- that our subcommittee will do all that we can to make sure that our military has everything that it needs to accomplish the mission and take care of our men and women in uniform and their families. Thanks for the opportunity to share my concerns, and I look forward to the discussions and the challenges that -- as we hear from the panel this afternoon.
I yield back, and I'm going to run and vote, Mr. Chairman.
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