Chairman Tears Up Talking Budget Cuts

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10-27-2011 -- A short clip from a longer CSPAN video feed in which House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon tears up at the end when talking about the prospect of defense budget cuts. The Vice Chiefs of Staff of the four largest military branches were on Capitol Hill today to discuss how their readiness to fight could be affected by budget cuts that have been enacted or are being considered. The House Armed Services Committee held the hearing to gather testimony as the bipartisan "super committee" considers trimming defense programs as part of its attempt to meet its target of $1.5 trillion in cuts to the deficit. President Obama earlier this year proposed cutting $400 billion from Pentagon programs over the next decade. Testifying at today's hearing: Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Navy Vice Chief of Staff Adm. Mark Ferguson, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Philip Breedlove, and Marine Corps Assistant Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford. You can view the entire video at

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  1. dave3818
    dave3818 Oct 30, 2011

    Have your Tea Party people seen this, I doubt they are too busy wanting to rip and tear any program that might raise taxes, these Tea Party people should be rounded up, shipped to the front lines and given only their protest signs to fight with, then lest see how quick they want budget cuts. I'm a Vietnam vet and I'm pissed off at everyone in Washington. Sorry for the Venting but I'm fed-up with the Bullshit in Wash and think the only way to get back our rights as Vets and active duty personnel is to form a raiding party and run everyone of those elected bastards out of town.

  2. philipsimoes
    philipsimoes Oct 03, 2012

    Well, dave3818, this has nothing to do with the Tea Party, who most assuredly want our tax dollars well spent. They are not. We have many billions of our military budget gone to new buildings on every base in America, most unneeded - buildings that don't deploy and kill no enemies. On the other hand, they keep plenty of union contractors in business, who then recycle the money back to their Democrat allies.

  3. Gravesmen
    Gravesmen Oct 14, 2012

    I hate this when people are giving their lives for their country and this is how they are treated its all obama

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