Pete Visclosky (IN), Ranking Member
Betty McCollum (MN)
Tim Ryan (OH)
Marcy Kaptur (OH)
Departments of Army, Navy (including Marine Corps), Air Force, Office of Secretary of Defense, and Defense Agencies including activities related to military personnel; operation and maintenance; procurement; research and development; and the Military Health System. Also includes intelligences activities such as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency. Jurisdiction excludes Department of Defense-related accounts and programs under the Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works).
Thank you very much, Chairman Frelinghuysen. I appreciate you holding this hearing and look forward to working with you to craft the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Defense Bill.
Mr. Chairman, I yield myself as much time as I may consume and ask unanimous consent that my full remarks be entered into the record.
The 2016 Defense Appropriations bill would shatter caps on defense spending by adding $38 billion in base costs to off-budget war accounts, creating a massive hole in next year’s budget, destabilizing long-term planning, and allowing domestic priorities to wither on the vine. By making a new budget agreement less likely, it would have drastic and negative consequences on
In testimonies and responses to direct questions from Congress, U.S.
Chairman Frelinghuysen, I want to thank you on the collegial and transparent manner in which you crafted the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Defense bill. You have been placed in a very untenable position and have produced a sterling work product.
First, I would like to thank Chairmen Frelinghuysen and Ranking Member Visclosky for this hearing. Also, I want to welcome incoming Secretary Carter, General Dempsey, Undersecretary McCord, and the rest of our distinguished guests.
Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman. I appreciate you holding the hearing.
Defense Secretary Carter and Undersecretary McCord, we look forward to hearing you testify before the Subcommittee for the first time in your current roles.