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Sep 8, 2017 Defense Drumbeat
Yesterday, the House Armed Services Committee hosted a hearing to discuss the recent Naval accidents. The discussion also turned to the ongoing readiness issues the Navy faces, including reduced training, long deployments and continued budget uncertainty. Below are excerpts from some of the stories identifying critical readiness shortfalls:
Sep 8, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) of the House Armed Services Committee placed the following statement in the record, offering his reasons for voting against the Continuing Resolution:
Sep 8, 2017 Defense Drumbeat
This summer, the nation mourned the 42 service members who died in accidents related to readiness challenges across our military. The deaths of 17 sailors aboard the USS John S. McCain and USS Fitzgerald, along with separate accidents claiming the lives of 19 Marines and six soldiers, grabbed the nation’s attention. But words of sorrow do not sufficiently honor their deaths, let alone prevent further incidents. It is essential to reverse the consequences of Washington’s funding paralysis and do what is right by those who raise their hands to serve.
Sep 7, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower & Projection Forces, made the following remarks, as prepared for delivery, on the Subcommittee's joint hearing titled “Navy Readiness – Underlying Problems Associated with the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain.” For testimony and to watch the hearing click here.
Sep 7, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, made the following remarks, as prepared for delivery, on the Subcommittee's joint hearing titled “Navy Readiness – Underlying Problems Associated with the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain.” For testimony and to watch the hearing click here.
Sep 7, 2017 Defense Drumbeat
"With hurricane relief and the debt ceiling grabbing the headlines, it will be easy to overlook today’s Congressional hearing on recent ship collisions in the Pacific Ocean. But policymakers should not.
Sep 6, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) released the following schedule featuring one (1) event the week of September 11 through 15:
Sep 6, 2017 Defense Drumbeat
This summer, 42 service members died in accidents related to readiness challenges impacting the U.S. Military. Seventeen Sailors were killed aboard the USS McCain and USS Fitzgerald; separate accidents claimed the lives of 19 Marines and 6 Soldiers.
Sep 1, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) released the following schedule featuring one (1) event the week of September 4 through 8:
Aug 30, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following remarks following the Pentagon's announcement on force level accounting and reporting procedures in Afghanistan:

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