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Mattis: No Enemy Has Done More Damage To U.S. Military Than The Congressional Budget Sequester
In his opening statement ahead of testimony in the House Armed Services Committee, Defense Secretary James Mattis asked Congress to avoid another government shutdown and pass a real budget, warning that “no enemy in the field has done as much to harm the readiness of U.S. military than the combined impact of the Budget Control Act’s defense spending caps.” JAMES MATTIS, DEFENSE SECRETARY: Let me be clear: As hard as the last 16 years of war have been on our military, no enemy in the field has done as much to harm the readiness of U.S. military than the combined impact of the Budget Control Act’s defense spending caps, worsened by operating for 10 of the last 11 years under continuing resolutions of varied and unpredictable duration. The Budget Control Act was purposely designed to be so injurious that it would force Congress to pass necessary budgets. It was never intended to be the solution. For too long, we have asked our military to carry on stoically with a success-at-any-cost atti…