It is not too early to get started for Election 2016. In fact, voters should be contemplated selection criteria. Senator Mark Warner knows that and sent this email.
The purpose of the email is to assure Virginia military and defense industry voters that the Navy and defense budgets isn’t going away. With his senior leadership and ability to work across the aisle, Warner wants to comfort voters.
It appears that Warner and Kaine will be the Democrat Senators from Virginia in a new Congress and that is encouraging.
The defense budget is going to take a hit as it is a necessity, though President Obama likely has specific ideas about where and how to offset the blow to defense with other cuts. Republicans want Obama to reveal his plan now so they can criticize without Congress having done its job.
That isn’t happening before November 6, though a couple of scenarios will play out thereafter. A winning Obama may act one way, and a losing Obama may act another. Which ways are that?
Obama “the winner” will act responsibly and with renewed leadership to work the problem in a bipartisan manner with Mark Warner on point. A losing Obama may step back and say to Congress, “Do your job, and I’ll watch.”
“Dear Friends, (I am friend and supporter of Mark Warner for President.)
I wanted to pass along some encouraging news about the future of Virginia’s economy and our longstanding partnerships with the United States military.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta visited Virginia last week to speak with more than 500 business and community leaders at an event hosted by the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. As The Virginian Pilot reported, the Pentagon chief explicitly stated that our shipyards and defense contractors will continue to be key players in our nation’s defense efforts.
Acknowledging that the Pentagon must adjust and adapt now that we’re winding down two wars conducted over the past decade, Panetta said “we will continue to invest in the unique capabilities and military and industrial facilities like those in Hampton Roads. The facilities help us protect the strongest military in the world.”
I urge you to read the full text of the Secretary’s remarks here.
Panetta – a former congressman, federal budget director, White House chief of staff, and CIA director – expressed understandable frustration at the threat of automatic, across-the-board budget cuts – the so-called sequester – that those of us in Congress enacted and must work to prevent before the end of the year.
As a Virginian, I appreciated Secretary Panetta’s acknowledgement of our Commonwealth’s strong support over many years for our military men and women. “Simply put, [Virginia] houses perhaps the greatest concentration of military might in the world. And the support offered by [Virginia] to its service members, its veterans, to their families, is an incredibly important part of what makes this area the strategic national asset that it is,” the Secretary said.
Finally, as I continue to work across the aisle on responsible solutions to our nation’s challenges with deficits and debt and the looming fiscal cliff, I really appreciated this final thought provided by Secretary Panetta:
“Whatever I do in my job, whatever we do on national debt, if we don’t have elected leaders who are willing to come together and solve the problems facing this country, our national security is in jeopardy,” the Secretary said.
I could not agree more, and that is why I will continue my bipartisan efforts to craft a responsible, balanced plan to reduce our debt by cutting spending, generating appropriate revenues, and reforming our entitlement programs so they are sustainable.
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Via Senator Mark Warner