WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) of the House Armed Services Committee made the following comments on the military accidents that took place this week:
"Last week, I wrote in the Washington Post to warn of the further damage that a stopgap Continuing Resolution would do to our U.S. military and highlighted that this summer alone 42 service members died in accidents related to readiness challenges. The evidence of a force under stress continues to mount. Just within the past week, there have been training accidents at Camp Pendleton, Fort Bragg, and Fort Hood that have resulted in serious injury or loss of life to an additional 24 Servicemembers."
"Part of the underlying cause of the training and maintenance problems that plague our military is Washington’s dysfunctional budget process. We cannot allow that to continue. There is widespread agreement that Congress and the White House should do better. It is time to actually come through by funding the military for the full year at a level that matches what we are asking them to do."