Defense Spending and the Freshman, part 2
Several weeks ago, I analyzed how newly-elected Members of Congress voted on defense issues during debate over HR 1. Conventional wisdom was that these Freshman would be the ones leading the charge to cut defense, but the votes told a different story.
Today, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) and 22 of her Freshman colleagues sent a letter to Republican leadership urging them to support their “commitment in the Pledge to America to provide for a ‘robust defense.’” It urges “support for funding our military and related national security programs above the President’s request level” for the FY 2012 budget, which the House will be debate in April.
Not surprisingly, the Freshman class is bucking conventional wisdom and demonstrating a firm grasp of one of their main Constitutional obligations, which is to provide for the common defense.
A recent post by The Heritage Foundation came to this troubling conclusion:
A decade of combat operations and two decades of underinvestment have left the U.S. military too small and inadequately equipped to meet all of the growing demands placed upon men and women in uniform.
President Ronald Reagan used to say “Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.” President George Washington spoke wisdom when he said the “most effectual means of preserving peace” is “to be prepared for war.”
We can only be prepared by making the necessary investments in our military.
Here are the 23 Freshman Members who signed the letter:
Vicky Hartlzer (MO), Steven Palazzo (MS), Scott Rigell (VA), Jon Runyan (NJ), Bobby Schilling (IL), Mo Brooks (AL), Allen West (FL), David McKinley (WV), Steve Chabot (OH), Trey Gowdy (SC), Tom Marino (PA), Jim Renacci (OH), Dennis Ross (FL), Rich Nugent (FL), Kristi Noem (SD), Chuck Fleischman (TN), Adam Kinzinger (IL), Jeff Duncan (SC), Ann Marie Buerkle (NY), Rick Berg (ND), Marlin Stutzman (IN), Blake Farenthold (TX), Tim Scott (SC)
If this is your Member of Congress, please make sure to call and thank them for their leadership.