Ryan Assesses Military Budget Cuts

Tim Ryan
Tim Ryan

As federal cuts continue across the board, one area feeling the impact is the military.

$85 billion in cuts started last month after Congress couldn’t agree on how to end them. Yesterday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel notified Congress and the Pentagon to reevaluate military management and command structures.

The military is facing $41 billion dollars in cuts across the board.

“We fought two wars and put it on the credit card. People talk about the budget deficits moving forward, that’s a big, big expense. It’s going to be in the trillions of dollars when it’s all said and done,” said Congressman Tim Ryan, D-Niles. “You factor in veterans’ health care and benefits which are an obligation we have to meet, and we should meet. You’re talking about trillions and trillions of dollars, but all of it went on the credit card.”

President Obama announced he would take a five percent cut in his salary, putting about $20,000 back into the treasury.

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