National Defense Priorities From Members for the FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act Hearing Before the Senate Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, 113th Congress, April 9, 2014 [open pdf - 7MB]
"This is the April 9, 2014 hearing on 'National Defense Priorities From Members for the FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act,' held before the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services. From the statement of Garland 'Andy' Barr: 'I believe that the National Guard and Reserve Components are critical to our national security and in order to safely and effectively complete their missions they must be equipped with modern aircraft and the most updated avionics. I ask this Committee to continue to help provide support for the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account (NAGREA) in order to help sustain accounts such as the Aircraft Modernization Program. In addition, one of my priorities is preventing reckless reductions of our military troop levels, especially within the Army National Guard. I respectfully ask that this Committee postpone any decision that substantially impacts troop levels for the National Guard until the National Commission on the Structure of the Army publishes its final findings. This is too important to consider without the Commission's recommendation, given that the decision could have a lasting and harmful impact on our nation's readiness to engage threats to our allies and national security.' Statements, Letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Garland 'Andy' Barr, Marsha Blackburn, Paul C. Broun, Cheri Bustos, Steve Chabot, Judy Chu, Chris Collins, Doug Collins, Eric A. 'Rick' Crawford, Henry Cuellar, Ron DeSantis, Renee L. Ellmers, Stephen Lee Fincher, Cory Gardner, Sam Graves, Richard L. Hanna, Denny Heck, Richard Hudson, Sam Johnson, Alan S. Lowenthal, Cynthia M. Lummis, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Grace Meng, Devin Nunes, Beto O'Rourke, Bill Pascrell, Scott Perry, Pedro R. Pierluisi, Bill Posey, Nick J. Rahall, Reid J. Ribble, Martha Roby, Peter J. Roskam, Keith J. Rothfus, Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, Paul Tonko, Ann Wagner, Roger Williams and Todd C. Young."
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