Sen. Sessions & Rep. Roby Speak Out on Sequester, North Korea Missile Threats

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By Heather VacLav

U.S. Congresswoman Martha Roby, R-Alabama, and U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, are visiting Montgomery during Easter Recess to visit with constituents, but their bigger message is that congress needs to get spending under control.

"The sequester not only is an irresponsible way to do that, our military is taking 50-percent of the cuts," Roby, representing Alabama's second district, said.

Last week the Senate reduced the furlough, or unpaid days for civilians working in the U.S. Military from 22 to 14, but Sen. Sessions says it's still too big of a hit for Alabama's families tied to Maxwell Air Force Base and Fort Rucker.

"It still hasn't been fixed, I don't see how the commander in chief can be sitting on the side lines," Sessions said. "The president really needs to step forward and help lead this through a proper settlement."

Sessions said the cuts need to be more uniform across all agencies, instead of taking a big chunk out of the  U.S. Defense Department.

"Food stamps for example, has gone up four times in a little over 10 years, from $20 to $80 billion, it had no reductions," he said. 

Rep. Roby is concerned the sequester cuts will hurt the military in the long run. About $1 trillion is expected to be cut from the Defense Department over the next decade. 

"With everything in the news today, that's cause for concern and cause for pause," she said.

"I want to make sure our military families, our men and women in uniform, that when we send them in harm's way they have every tool they need to accomplish the mission that we have charged them with," Roby said.

But harm's way may be closer than expected, with North Korea sending possible nuclear missile threats against the United States. It's something Roby wants to be fully briefed on when she and her colleagues return to Washington from Easter Recess next Tuesday.

"I think our commanders are making the correct decision by moving these missile defense into the appropriate places, it's better to be prepared than caught off guard," Roby said.

Senator Sessions said he was concerned about the missile defense system, because prior to the threats, some missiles were missing in Alaska.

"New Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has said we will deploy those missiles, and we will complete the deployment of our missiles in Alaska," Sessions said.

"They will protect our entire United States, and their will be a site in California too, so we have very good coverage against any missile attack from  North Korea."

 

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