Coats Notes: Why I Oppose the Defense Secretary Nominee + Calling on Senate to Pass a Budget and Reduce Spending

Senator Dan Coats
2013-02-01 18:05:57
<iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/co ats_topbanner.jpg> Dear Friend, Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback. Thanks for reading, Dan Coats _____ Chuck Hagel is Not the Right Pick for Defense Secretary <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx coats-iq&crop=14632.8532607.5215966.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.yo utube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dI2apmYzfzL8%26amp%3bfeature%3dshare%26amp%3blist %3dUUipTNiqJBYHutxpMxo0UOYw> This week, the Senate Armed Services Committee held its hearing on the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) to serve as the Secretary of Defense. Although I do not sit on this committee, I followed Hagel's testimony closely and determined that I cannot support his nomination. Elections have consequences and a President has a right to his own advisors, but the tolerance of alternative views has its limits. For me, the limit is when a nominee for such a high position as head of the Pentagon holds points of view that place the United States in greater danger. I believe this is the case with this nominee. My primary reason for opposing Senator Hagel's nomination is our difference on Iran. Hagel's views about the threat posed by Iran's nuclear ambitions and the best way to counter that threat are significantly inconsistent with my own, inconsistent with the views of our last four Presidents, and inconsistent with the security needs of our country and the survival of our friends. Hagel repeatedly voted against sanctions on Iran, even opposing those aimed at the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, which at the time was attacking our troops in Iraq. Iran has been relentlessly pursuing the acquisition of a nuclear weapons capability. This possibility is a threat not just to the Middle East but to the world and we must do everything we can to prevent it from happening. I am also concerned with Hagel's contradicting statements during his testimony regarding containment. Twice, the nominee stated his support for containment. It was only when an aide handed him a note presumably reminding him that the administration's formal position did not support containment did he correct himself and say he didn't support it either. What are we to conclude? What does Hagel truly believe and where does he actually stand on these vital national security issues? Click here <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx coats-iq&crop=14632.8532607.5215966.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.yo utube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dLo2Xbafg97c%26amp%3bfeature%3dshare%26amp%3blist %3dUUipTNiqJBYHutxpMxo0UOYw> to watch my speech on the Senate floor announcing that I will oppose this nomination. Click here <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx coats-iq&crop=14632.8532607.5215966.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.yo utube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dI2apmYzfzL8%26amp%3bfeature%3dshare%26amp%3blist %3dUUipTNiqJBYHutxpMxo0UOYw> or on the video above to watch my interview on CNN about this issue. _____ 1,374 Days and Counting... <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx coats-iq&crop=14632.8532607.5215966.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.yo utube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dzW1WJMyWg88%26amp%3bfeature%3dshare%26amp%3blist %3dUUipTNiqJBYHutxpMxo0UOYw> It has been 1,374 days since the Senate has passed a budget. Every Hoosier family and every business in Indiana knows that you cannot be successful and financially sound without creating a budget. Restaurants and coffee shops create a budget. Little league baseball organizations have budgets. Our communities and states have budgets. But our federal government does not. This is completely irresponsible. I spoke this week on the Senate floor to urge my colleagues to pass a budget and get our spending under control. It is our legal duty and I believe our moral duty to present to the American people a plan indicating how we intend to use their taxpayer dollars. If we don't put together a Senate budget, lay out our priorities and create a long-term economic plan to reform our spending habits, we are going to face a debt-induced catastrophe that will make the economic downturn we experienced a few years ago look like child's play. Strengthening our country and putting us back on a sustainable path will not be easy; it will require some sacrifices, but we must take this first step. It starts with a budget. Click here <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx coats-iq&crop=14632.8532607.5215966.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.yo utube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dzW1WJMyWg88%26amp%3bfeature%3dshare%26amp%3blist %3dUUipTNiqJBYHutxpMxo0UOYw> or on the image above to watch my floor speech urging the Senate to pass a budget.

 

Dear Friend,

Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback.

Thanks for reading,
Dan Coats


Chuck Hagel is Not the Right Pick for Defense Secretary

 

This week, the Senate Armed Services Committee held its hearing on the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) to serve as the Secretary of Defense. Although I do not sit on this committee, I followed Hagel’s testimony closely and determined that I cannot support his nomination.

Elections have consequences and a President has a right to his own advisors, but the tolerance of alternative views has its limits. For me, the limit is when a nominee for such a high position as head of the Pentagon holds points of view that place the United States in greater danger. I believe this is the case with this nominee.

My primary reason for opposing Senator Hagel’s nomination is our difference on Iran. Hagel’s views about the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear ambitions and the best way to counter that threat are significantly inconsistent with my own, inconsistent with the views of our last four Presidents, and inconsistent with the security needs of our country and the survival of our friends.

Hagel repeatedly voted against sanctions on Iran, even opposing those aimed at the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, which at the time was attacking our troops in Iraq. Iran has been relentlessly pursuing the acquisition of a nuclear weapons capability. This possibility is a threat not just to the Middle East but to the world and we must do everything we can to prevent it from happening.

I am also concerned with Hagel’s contradicting statements during his testimony regarding containment. Twice, the nominee stated his support for containment. It was only when an aide handed him a note presumably reminding him that the administration’s formal position did not support containment did he correct himself and say he didn’t support it either. What are we to conclude? What does Hagel truly believe and where does he actually stand on these vital national security issues?

Click here to watch my speech on the Senate floor announcing that I will oppose this nomination. Click here or on the video above to watch my interview on CNN about this issue. 


1,374 Days and Counting...

It has been 1,374 days since the Senate has passed a budget.

Every Hoosier family and every business in Indiana knows that you cannot be successful and financially sound without creating a budget. Restaurants and coffee shops create a budget. Little league baseball organizations have budgets. Our communities and states have budgets. But our federal government does not. This is completely irresponsible.

I spoke this week on the Senate floor to urge my colleagues to pass a budget and get our spending under control. It is our legal duty and I believe our moral duty to present to the American people a plan indicating how we intend to use their taxpayer dollars.

If we don’t put together a Senate budget, lay out our priorities and create a long-term economic plan to reform our spending habits, we are going to face a debt-induced catastrophe that will make the economic downturn we experienced a few years ago look like child’s play.

Strengthening our country and putting us back on a sustainable path will not be easy; it will require some sacrifices, but we must take this first step. It starts with a budget.

Click here or on the image above to watch my floor speech urging the Senate to pass a budget.


No More Debt Increases without a Credible Plan to
Reduce Spending



This week I voted against a bill that will suspend action for several months on addressing the federal government hitting its debt limit or borrowing authority.

This measure only continues the practice of governing from crisis to crisis and pushing through flawed, haphazard legislation at the last minute.

It is difficult for me to support any effort to increase the debt limit or postpone facing this problem if we continue to avoid taking the necessary steps to reduce deficit spending and control our debt.

We all know what is fueling this fire that has engulfed our fiscal house – it’s spending. But our meager efforts to date to address this looming fiscal calamity are like trying to put out a five-alarm fire with a squirt gun.

Congress continually increasing the debt limit is like consumers having the ability to increase their own credit card borrowing limit with no oversight. We just keep increasing the credit limit to pay for more and more spending. At what point do we summon the will to take the congressional credit card, cut it up and get control of our spending?

Click  or on the video above to watch my speech about this issue.

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