WASHINGTON – Members of the GOP are charging today that President Obama may have been elected to the office, but simply isn’t doing his job, as the nation inched closer to the impact of mandatory, across-the-board budget cuts Obama created.
“I have never in my lifetime seen such a lack of leadership emanating from our president,” said U.S. Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, at a press conference today on the effects of Obama’s sequestration program on the military.
Flanked by the members of the various House Armed Service subcommittee chairmen as the final hours counted down before the sequestration deadline hit, the leaders of the committee wanted to detail one last time the “disastrous” effects of sequestration.
“Sequestration was the president’s idea over a year ago, when we tried to fix it, he said no…..now he says it’s Armageddon,” said McKeon.
U.S. Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, said, “Today the president has broken his promise to the American people” that sequester would not happen.
In allowing the sequestration to go through, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., said, “It is unconscionable what the president is doing.”
She charged Obama wants “to use military families as pawns in his crusade for higher taxes.”
Congressman Joe Wilson, R-S.C., detailed the effects of these cuts on defense, citing that “50 percent of the cuts are applied against defense.”
“The American people need to know that our defenses are at a low point,” he said. “We will have the fewest troops since 1939 in the Army and Marine Corps, we will have the fewest ships since 1916, we have the fewest aircraft since the air force was created in 1947.”
Wilson hopes the president can come to understand “peace through strength” and reconsider these cuts in the military.
Congress has adjourned for the weekend. U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., said that despite the House and Senate leaving for the weekend, the Armed Services Committee is going to be working to bring about new proposals.
“No longer is it going to be an acceptable risk for our pilots flying planes older than them,” he said.