Making Sure Our Troops Are Ready


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Republican Leadership Press Conference:
May 17, 2016

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)
Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Mac Thornberry (R-TX)
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY)

Cathy McMorris Rodgers Remarks as Delivered:

“This time of year, as we come together to celebrate ‘Armed Forces Day,’ thousands of people in Spokane will line the streets this weekend for our annual ‘Armed Forces Torchlight Parade’ – the largest of its kind in the country.

“The Armed Forces Torchlight Parade is just one way our local community comes together to say ‘thank you’ to the men and women serving nearby at Fairchild Air Force Base – as well as across the country and around the world.

“This nation was built on ‘service before self,’ and those who serve in the military are a constant reminder that defending the American people is the chief responsibility of our government.

“As the world becomes more dangerous – and as the threats become more complex – America’s leadership is needed on the world stage now, more than ever.

“While we can never say ‘thank you’ enough, perhaps the best way that we can show our gratitude is to make sure our troops are ready with the support and resources they need to keep us safe.

“That’s what the National Defense Authorization Act is all about – and I want to join in thanking Chairman Mac Thornberry and Representative Elise Stefanik for their commitment and their leadership on this important legislation.

“With the NDAA, we’re not just spending more – we’re spending better. We’re using taxpayer dollars wisely – and stressing the importance of rebuilding our military.

“That’s exactly what the People’s Representatives should be doing — reviewing, rethinking, and possibly eliminating programs.

“In fact, we should be having that same conversation we have been having for the Defense Department for every program, and every agency.

“But instead, what we see is so much of the government is largely on autopilot – funded without proper review of Congress. That’s why it is important that we are doing our job on the budget, on the appropriations bills, as well as addressing unauthorized spending that currently takes place within this government.”