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McKeon outlines Armed Services priorities

Ranking committee member seeks chairmanship in 112th Congress

Posted: November 3, 2010 1:30 p.m.
Updated: November 3, 2010 1:30 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-Calif.), the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, today outlined a broad vision for national defense policy that emphasizes winning the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq while also investing in the capabilities and force structure necessary to protect the United States from threats of tomorrow.

McKeon, elected as Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee in 2009, is seeking the chairmanship of the committee for the 112th Congress.

"America remains a nation at war," McKeon said in a statement. "More than 150,000 of our sons and daughters are deployed around the globe in the fight against al-Qaeda and its terrorist allies. The top priority of the Armed Services Committee, as outlined in the House Republicans' Pledge to America, will be to work in a bipartisan manner to provide those brave warfighters the resources and support they need to succeed in their missions and return home safely.

"In carrying out our constitutional mandate, we must place a renewed emphasis on oversight," McKeon said. "Our efforts will be relevant and directly tied to the front-line war fighter in Iraq and Afghanistan and the protection of the U.S. homeland. Our oversight will be focused and aggressive, while upholding the integrity of the military and its personnel.

"Our citizens have spoken, and they want a defense budget that is sufficient to address the challenges of today and the threats of tomorrow," McKeon said. "One percent real growth in the base defense budget over the next five years is a net reduction for modernization efforts which are critical to protecting our nation's homeland."

McKeon's priorities for the 112th Congress include:

• Ensuring our troops deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world have the equipment, resources, authorities, training, and time they need to successfully complete their missions and return home;

• Building on the Armed Services Committee's strong bipartisan tradition of providing our warfighters and their families with the resources and support they need; and

• Investing in the capabilities and force structure needed to protect the United States from tomorrow's threats, while mandating fiscal responsibility, accountability, and transparency from the Department of Defense.

"Even as we begin planning for the 112th Congress, there is still work to be completed this year," McKeon said. "Republicans on both sides of the Capitol aisle are committed to passing a National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 that is not weighed down by the current majority's social agenda items."



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