U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga) signed a letter on Wednesday, along with 29 other Republicans who sit on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), to the fiscal year 2014 budget conference committee House Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Chairman Patty Murray, calling for the FY14 budget to maintain funding for national defense at the levels included in the House budget proposal.
The letter described what the Republican group sees as serious future consequences of further cuts in the defense department.
"The U.S. military would no longer be a global force, would be challenged to defend U.S. interests, and would see others – who are unlikely to share our values – step in to fill the vacuum created by the loss of America's unique leadership," said the congressmen in the letter.
According to the letter, "continued sequestration" would mean loss of 100,000 additional soldiers from the Armed Forces, and cancellation of programs crucial to staying "ahead of the threat."
The signed Republicans acknowledged the need for spending cuts, but warned against such large reductions to national defense.
“The members of this committee believe that everything should be on the table in order to address our Nation’s deficit spending," said the House lawmakers. "However, while defense represents only 17 percent of our national budget, our military has absorbed 50 percent of the cuts to date."
The budget committees in both chambers are supposed to agree on a 2014 spending bill by early next year.
Scott represents Georgia's eighth congressional district.
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