September 15, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Republicans on Saturday hammered President Obama over looming cuts to defense spending, saying the president has shown a "failure to lead" and done nothing to protect the military from being "hollowed" out by spending reductions. “The president himself has opposed or disregarded every attempt we've made to work with him on a solution,” said Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), delivering the GOP weekly address. Obama and Hill Republicans, including West, agreed last year to slash spending on both defense and domestic programs if they could not reach a broader compromise on how to reduce the deficit.
August 4, 2011 |
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Thursday that deeper cuts in the defense budget risked hollowing out the military and would hamper Pentagon efforts to deal with rising powers such as China, North Korea and Iran. It was the second day in a row that Panetta issued a public warning to Congress not to go beyond the roughly $400 billion in defense cuts required over the next decade under the debt reduction bill signed this week by President Obama. Speaking to reporters at his first Pentagon news conference, Panetta called on Congress to raise tax revenue and cut mandatory spending programs, which include Medicare and Social Security, rather than slash defense further.
December 17, 1989
Before we begin to make the deep military budget cuts presently being proposed by Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney, let us wait for the Soviets to turn their talk and promises of peace and disarmament into reality. It would be foolish for us to cut our defenses during this delicate time in Eastern Europe. Both World War I and World War II started from the collapse of powerful empires: We may now be witnessing the collapse of the Soviet empire. Consequently, I believe we should be cautious and avoid the discredited McGovernite policy of unilateral disarmament.
July 17, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney is headed to Capitol Hill to offer congressional Republicans some budgeting advice. Cheney is scheduled to meet Tuesday evening with top House GOP leaders to warn against Pentagon cuts, scheduled for January, that Congress agreed to in last summer's debt deal with the White House. Cheney also met behind closed doors with Senate Republicans at their weekly luncheon. The visit comes as Republicans are making an orchestrated effort to attack Obama on defense issues, an area where the GOP and its national security hawks have traditionally dominated Democrats in public opinion.
September 24, 2012 |
LIMA, Ohio - Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul D. Ryan opened an Ohio campaign swing on Monday by hammering President Obama over the Pentagon's proposed suspension of tank production at a plant that has long provided high-paying jobs in this struggling region of the Rust Belt. The Wisconsin congressman told hundreds of Republicans at a veterans hall that Obama's “only eagerness to cut spending” was on national defense. He blasted the president for proposing federal budgets that included the Army's proposed mothballing of the Lima tank plant.
August 29, 2012 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Arguing that President Obama has diminished the nation's standing in the world and impending defense cuts imperil its safety, Mitt Romney on Wednesday pledged to not seek to balance the budget by cutting military spending and to improve mental health access and education opportunities for service members and veterans. “Paul Ryan and I have a plan to keep America strong and secure, prosperous and free,” Romney told thousands of veterans at an American Legion conference here. “Where the president has failed to lead, we will protect our national defense from cuts that jeopardize critical missions. Where he's let down our veterans, we will welcome them home to a blooming economy and the jobs they need. Where he's dodged the tough choices, we'll confront them head on and deliver a better future for Americans of this generation and the next.” PHOTOS: Scenes from the GOP convention Romney left the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday morning to make a brief trip here, and planned to head back in the early evening and then watch the Wednesday night convention speech of running mate Ryan from his hotel room.