Sen. Cornyn Statement On Administration Instructions To Cut $60 Billion In Military Spending

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a member of the Senate Republican leadership team, issued the following statement regarding reports that the Administration is making the Defense Department cut $60 billion in military spending over the next five years.

"The Administration is forcing the Pentagon to make some needlessly tough choices - while recklessly borrowing trillions of dollars for domestic spending on their so-called stimulus bill. We are fighting on two separate fronts of the Global War on Terror, and this action shows the wrong budget priorities for our country. Our defense budgeting should be driven by what it will take to meet our national security requirements, nothing more and nothing less. That does not appear to be the case here, and I am concerned about what this means for our long-term national security.

"The federal government has no duty more fundamental than to safeguard the American people.  At a time when we see both present security threats and others that are emerging, we should provide our troops with every resource they need to protect themselves and defend America."

Sen. Cornyn serves on the Finance, Judiciary and Budget Committees.  He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee's Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.