The nearly $500 billion in proposed Pentagon budget cuts over the next decade contained in President Barack Obama's 2014 budget has triggered a mixed reaction from the metro-east congressional caucus.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Springfield:
"As we continue to draw down our engagements in Afghanistan, resources are being shifted elsewhere, from an increased focus on the Asia-Pacific region to an emphasis on cybersecurity. Despite changing strategic and security priorities, one fact remains unchanged: our total dedication to ensuring our fighting men and women, both at home and abroad, have the tools and resources necessary to complete their missions... Our focus will be on reducing waste and inefficiencies in the department while investing the tools needed for a modern, ready and balanced force."
U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart, D-Belleville:
"My duty is to work to strengthen our economy and build a good future for our families. That's why I was proud this week to introduce a new initiative to connect workers with jobs in advanced manufacturing, but I cannot stand with the president on cutting Social Security or undermining Scott Air Force Base. Washington should not be putting our national security and middle class families last."
U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville:
"Given the size of our national debt, every agency is experiencing some belt-tightening. In that context, we should fund our national defense at a level that meets the mission assigned and the threats we face."
Statements could not be obtained from U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk or U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis.