Saturday, December 17, 2011

From one of our Senators from Virginia; no Word yet from the Other

Dear Mrs. Theodoridis,

Thank you for taking the time to contact me with your views on funding priorities within the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012. [Funding priorities were not my issue, but of course this is a form letter.]

We have placed great demands on our military in recent years, and the Department of Defense must be granted the necessary budgetary authority to fund essential and effective defense programs while also ensuring that our armed forces are properly equipped, cared for and compensated. For that reason, on December 1, 2012, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2012 (S. 1867) 93-7, with my support.

As we consider legislation during this time of fiscal strain, I believe it is important to consider that the ability of our country to field well-trained, fully-resourced and combat-capable military forces is dependent on a healthy, functioning economy. I recognize that addressing our debt and deficit challenges will not be easy; however, I believe it is imperative that we continue to engage in a civil and open debate as to what we need and what we can afford. This will require tough choices, but I believe that addressing our debt and deficit is too important for Congress to put off any longer.

Again, thank you for contacting me. For further information or to sign up for my newsletter please visit my website at

United States Senator


David Garner said...

I wonder why we tolerate our elected officials pretending our words are not important. I'd be tempted to call his office and demand a meeting to discuss your concerns and how his letter failed to address them.

And if they refused, I think I'd be inclined to get the media involved.

But if it were me, I wouldn't, because it honestly just takes too much of my time to do it. And so we get the government we deserve (or, at least, I do).