Coats Notes: A Smarter Way to Reduce Spending, Hagel Not the Right Pick to Lead Defense Department

Senator Dan Coats
2013-03-01 17:55:17
<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 _____ A Smarter Way to Reduce Spending Today the automatic, across-the-board cuts known as "sequestration" will go into effect. These cuts will impact a variety of federal programs and services in Indiana and across the country. The White House first proposed the sequestration plan in 2011 to avoid a debt limit debate. The President signed it into law and has even threatened to veto other proposals aimed at averting these cuts. Now, President Obama opposes his own sequester policy and has said that critical services will be cut if Congress doesn't agree to replace the automatic cuts with more tax increases. More tax hikes will solve nothing. Our country faces a spending problem, not a tax problem. Sequestration is a bad policy and will result in significant consequences if left unaddressed. I opposed the legislation that created these sequestration cuts because the policy falsely assumes that all federal programs are equal and therefore should be cut equally. Instead, I voted on Thursday for a smarter approach that would give the heads of all of the agencies the flexibility to implement these cuts responsibly by eliminating waste and duplication from their departments. Unfortunately, this more sensible alternative did not receive enough votes because the majority of Senate Democrats and the President opposed it in an effort to get more tax increases. The White House is playing politics by threatening to go after civilian defense personnel that support our national security, border patrol agents, air traffic controllers and first responders to continue the administration's spending and taxing addiction. President Obama's call for more taxes on Americans to avoid cutting only 2.5 percent of federal spending is a complete lack of leadership and political courage. President Obama can avert his own sequestration cuts if he steps up and works with Congress on smarter and more responsible spending reductions. _____ Hagel Not the Right Pick to Lead Defense Department This week I voted against the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) to serve as secretary of defense. At this critical time in our nation's history we need a secretary of defense who commands bipartisan support and is willing to take every action necessary to defend the United States if the need arises. Based on the years of public statements and actions taken during his career, I cannot say Chuck Hagel meets the criteria required for this position. As a senator, Chuck Hagel repeatedly voted against sanctions legislation, even opposing those aimed at the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, who were killing our troops in Iraq. During his recent testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, he proclaimed the legitimacy of the current regime in Tehran - a regime that has violently repressed its own citizens, rigged recent elections, provided material support for terrorism and denied the Holocaust. One of the most critical topics facing our nation is Iran's pursuit of nuclear capability and weapons that would threaten world stability. When discussing U.S. policy on Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons during his testimony before the Senate, Hagel displayed an embarrassing lack of knowledge and confusion. The President's nominee even had to be handed a note by an aide, indicating that he was not aware his answer was contrary to the administration's position. Hagel's attempt to correct his answer had to be further clarified by the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. For these reasons, I opposed the Hagel nomination. 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A Smarter Way to Reduce Spending

Today the automatic, across-the-board cuts known as “sequestration” will go into effect. These cuts will impact a variety of federal programs and services in Indiana and across the country. 

The White House first proposed the sequestration plan in 2011 to avoid a debt limit debate. The President signed it into law and has even threatened to veto other proposals aimed at averting these cuts. Now, President Obama opposes his own sequester policy and has said that critical services will be cut if Congress doesn’t agree to replace the automatic cuts with more tax increases. More tax hikes will solve nothing.  Our country faces a spending problem, not a tax problem.

Sequestration is a bad policy and will result in significant consequences if left unaddressed. I opposed the legislation that created these sequestration cuts because the policy falsely assumes that all federal programs are equal and therefore should be cut equally.

Instead, I voted on Thursday for a smarter approach that would give the heads of all of the agencies the flexibility to implement these cuts responsibly by eliminating waste and duplication from their departments. Unfortunately, this more sensible alternative did not receive enough votes because the majority of Senate Democrats and the President opposed it in an effort to get more tax increases.  The White House is playing politics by threatening to go after civilian defense personnel that support our national security, border patrol agents, air traffic controllers and first responders to continue the administration’s spending and taxing addiction. 
 
President Obama’s call for more taxes on Americans to avoid cutting only 2.5 percent of federal spending is a complete lack of leadership and political courage. President Obama can avert his own sequestration cuts if he steps up and works with Congress on smarter and more responsible spending reductions.


Hagel Not the Right Pick to Lead Defense Department

This week I voted against the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) to serve as secretary of defense. At this critical time in our nation’s history we need a secretary of defense who commands bipartisan support and is willing to take every action necessary to defend the United States if the need arises. Based on the years of public statements and actions taken during his career, I cannot say Chuck Hagel meets the criteria required for this position.

As a senator, Chuck Hagel repeatedly voted against sanctions legislation, even opposing those aimed at the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, who were killing our troops in Iraq. During his recent testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, he proclaimed the legitimacy of the current regime in Tehran – a regime that has violently repressed its own citizens, rigged recent elections, provided material support for terrorism and denied the Holocaust.

One of the most critical topics facing our nation is Iran's pursuit of nuclear capability and weapons that would threaten world stability. When discussing U.S. policy on Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons during his testimony before the Senate, Hagel displayed an embarrassing lack of knowledge and confusion. The President’s nominee even had to be handed a note by an aide, indicating that he was not aware his answer was contrary to the administration's position. Hagel’s attempt to correct his answer had to be further clarified by the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. For these reasons, I opposed the Hagel nomination.

Click or on the image below to view my speech.

Coats in the News

Coats Fights Debt as Few Listen

Lawmakers Pessimistic About Budget Deal

Coats: It Starts With a Budget

Coats Opposes Hagel Confirmation

Ind. Senators on 'Sequester' Solution

Sen. Coats points finger at Obama as Sequestration Deadline Looms

Local Lawmakers Bond with Indiana's U.S. Senators


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Coats with Hoosiers


With Mayor of Fort Wayne, Tom Henry.


Speaking to the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.


Speaking to the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.


Happy to welcome the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program to D.C.


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