Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker delivered this week's Republican Weekly Address that is viewable on YouTube. The Senator served in the US House of Representatives from 1995 to 2007 and has served in the United States Senate since then. His address focused on the Budget Control Act and how it will affect the military and American jobs.
"The National Debt, a staggering $16 Trillion, is unsustainable and we need to change course. The goal of the Budget Control Act was to have a long term debt reduction plan that seriously addressed federal spending, soaring entitlement programs and healthcare costs.
A bi-partisan committee was formed to help devise a plan to control the nation's spending. To help ensure the committee was successful, they were charged with a fall back plan that would include cuts across the board, with most of the cuts falling on the military. This is known as budget sequestration, and unfortunately the committee failed.
"Under sequestration, army units would receive less training before they deploy to the Middle East, Marine Corps troop levels would be cut by 10%, leaving our Marines without sufficient manpower to meet even one major overseas operation, the Navy fleet would drop to 230 ships, the lowest level since World War I, and the Air Force would lose vital maintenance funds, required to keep our fighters, bombers, and remotely piloted aircraft flying around the world."
According to Wicker, cuts won't stop with the military.
"According to multiple forecasts, up to 1 million jobs are at risk. One report estimates that my home state of Mississippi alone could lose over 11,000 jobs."