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Senator Blunt Cosponsors Legislation to Stop Military Force Reductions

February 25, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, this week cosponsored the Protecting Our Security Through Utilizing Right-Sized End-Strength (POSTURE) Act of 2016 (S. 2563). The POSTURE Act would reverse ongoing and future reductions to end strength levels in the Active U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, U.S. Army National Guard, Active Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve. U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (Kan.), also a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, introduced the POSTURE Act earlier this week.

“The president’s primary responsibility is to keep Americans safe,” Sen. Blunt said. “Yet the steep defense cuts he has proposed would do just the opposite, undermining our military readiness at a time when we face more threats, coming from more directions, than ever before. The POSTURE Act would reverse dangerous end strength reductions to our Armed Forces, ensuring our military leaders have the personnel they need to carry out their missions.”

“President Obama’s tenure is marked by across-the-board spending cuts to our military in the face of increasing threats to our national security,” Sen. Moran said. “Given the volatile, uncertain, and dangerous developments over the past several years, the readiness of our Armed Forces, particularly land forces in the Active and Reserve Components of the Army and Marine Corps, must not be not jeopardized.  This legislation would help safeguard our nation while global threats demand America’s full vigilance and capabilities.”

Companion legislation was introduced in the House (H.R. 4534) by Reps. Christopher Gibson (N.Y.) and Michael Turner (Ohio). This bill is supported by the National Guard Associated of the United States and the Association of the United States Army.

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