Opening Statement of Ranking Member Jim Saxton

Mar 26, 2007
Press Release

Contact: Josh Holly; 202.226.3988 

Washington D.C. –Rep. Jim Saxton, (R-NJ), ranking Republican on the Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, today released the following opening statement for the subcommittee’s hearing on the U.S. Army’s ground forces programs:

“Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  To our witnesses, thank you for being here.  We are very fortunate to have each of you serving our country, and we are very fortunate to have you here today.

“Given the overall national fiscal realities, the challenges of simultaneously funding the Global War on Terrorism and resetting our current forces, the question is ‘How do we reduce the risk in developing complex weapons programs, such as the Future Combat System, so that we can afford to provide the necessary funding without sacrificing the capability of our current forces?’

“Just because we ask hard questions does not mean that we have a fundamental objection to modernization requirements.  We ask hard questions because it is our responsibility to provide oversight of Department of Defense programs and ensure taxpayer dollars are spent productively.”