Sen. Shelby Urges Caution In Military Budget Cuts

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ELKMONT, Ala. (WHNT) - Sen. Richard Shelby was in Limestone County this morning. He told reporters there are places to shrink the defense budget, but he says it has to be done carefully. Shelby says budget cuts cannot be allowed to comprimise U.S. security or committments to our allies.

Sen. Shelby was in Elkmont this morning to wrap up his Jobs and Industry tour. He didn't speak against the proposed budget cuts but instead used the occasion to speak about the importance of the work of defense contractors here in the Tennessee Valley.

"As we shrink our forces, we'd better be careful because the security of this nation and our committments abroad are very important," Sen. Shelby told reporters. He says there places where defense spending could be cut, and where tax dollars could be saved. But he adds those cuts must be made thoughtfully with an emphasis on maintaining a ready military.

"For example, what you do here at Redstone Arsenal is on the cutting edge of missile defense and also missiles period and everything that goes with it. You manage the helicopter program which is projection of force. I don't believe that's going to be cut. It can't be cut if we're going to be a first rate power." Shelby said.

Downsizing due to modernization and budget constraints. It's not a new proposal but its entering a new chapter.

"We could shrink a lot of things but we've got to have priorities."

Shelby is the Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations and a member of the Sub-Committee on Defense. He is well aware of what some of the proposed budget cuts could mean to his district.


  • Nuclear Mike

    Sen. Shelby should have been urging caution about spending some 10+ years ago to now have brought this nation to its’ knees over the Federal budget/deficent and a decade+ of unending, unwinning wars…

  • Nuclear Mike

    update…”President Obama is satisfying a year-old pledge by announcing the creation of two Pentagon-led institutes that will combine public and private resources to foster manufacturing innovation.

    One center will be in Obama’s hometown of Chicago; the other will be outside Detroit.”

    There is where the Huntsville money will be going…

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