Statement: Veterans Criticize Budget Deal, Urge Congress to Restrain Spending
For Immediate Release: Contact: CVA Press Office | Press@CV4A.org | 571-384-4935 Arlington, Va. – Concerned Veterans for America (CVA), a nonprofit veterans advocacy organization, criticized the Congressional budget agreement announced Tuesday, citing the agreement’s higher spending levels as a danger to national security at a time of historic debt. On Tuesday evening, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) unveiled a long-term budget agreement to fund the federal government through 2015. Rather than setting the stage for fiscal sustainability, this deal again increases government spending, according to initial reports. CVA, which has argued consistently that the $17.2 trillion national debt is a threat to the nation’s long-term security, has advocated for spending restraint to reduce deficit spending, shrink deficits and spur economic growth. Pete Hegseth, CEO of CVA, issued the following statement on the agreement:
“While this budget announcement will alleviate temporary pain at the Department of Defense — which has taken a disproportionate share of the sequester cuts — it ultimately fails to address the long-term perils of unsustainable spending and debt, which remains an even greater threat to our national security. “This deal does provide certainty in our budgets and restores some of the ‘meat axe’ cuts to DoD, which we appreciate. However temporary relief for the sake of stability, that does not address America’s overall spending addiction, only prolongs tough decisions at DoD and digs a deeper debt burden for future generations. What this country really needs is real spending restraint in Washington and reform of our nation’s unsustainable entitlement programs. “We’re pleased to see members of Congress working together in a bipartisan fashion, but the substance of any agreement is just as important as the process. To continue increasing spending when we face runaway debt is short-sighted and irresponsible. On balance, this deal moves us in the wrong direction, and pushes off meaningful spending reform, especially on mandatory spending, yet again.”
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