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Congressman Mike Michaud Says Cut Military Spending

A letter received by Lisa Savage:

Thank you for contacting me regarding defense spending. Maine has unique needs that often require bi-partisan solutions, focused attention and thinking outside of the box. That is why I appreciate your taking the time to get in touch with me and why I come home to Maine nearly every weekend.
I share your concern that we continue to pour money into our defense budget, and I believe that it should not be exempted from the fiscal reforms that our country so desperately needs. Moreover, during these tough economic times, I believe it is irresponsible to force cuts to social service and support programs that help people get back on their feet without addressing our bloated defense budget.
The Budget Control Act (BCA), which raised the debt ceiling this summer, established a committee to trim the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years. Without a deal, a set of automatic spending reductions in defense and non-defense programs could begin to impact programs as early as January of 2013.
I am deeply frustrated by the committee’s failure to reach an agreement. Washington seems to be more interested in posturing and scoring political points than coming together to find real solutions to our current deficit crisis. I think we need to take a more balanced approach that doesn’t threaten our economic recovery or place overwhelming burdens on our most vulnerable citizens, seniors and veterans. Congress should agree on such a framework before 2013 in order to avert arbitrary across the board spending cuts laid out in the BCA.
In that framework, we must responsibly address our country’s fiscal challenges, and that means tough choices are ahead. All government spending must be held to a higher standard, including our defense and military spending, and I will work to ensure that Congress takes a balanced approach to reducing our deficit.
Thank you again for sharing your views with me. In addition, I also provide occasional email updates on a range of issues affecting people in Maine. If you would like to receive this information, please visit my website at and sign up for my email newsletter. I appreciate the opportunity to represent Maine in Congress.
With warmest regards,
Michael H. Michaud
Member of Congress


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