Since Sept. 11, 2001, the United States has led a coalition of nations in the global War on Terror. The sacrifice borne by American servicemembers provides a stark reminder that the costs of freedom are high and that we have an obligation to provide for our nation’s security. As a veteran, I believe that we must support the men and women who risk their lives fighting for our freedom every day. They deserve our utmost respect, and I am committed to fully funding our troops in the wake of continuing federal budget cuts.
However, in this time of federal overreach and crippling national debt, every department and agency must closely and prudently scrutinize its expenditures and this includes the Department of Defense. I will continue to support legislation that takes care of our troops, makes our nation safer and trims inefficiencies in government bureaucracy.