Your editorial citing “Budget cuts are hurting military” is on point, but your assertion that sequestration was conjured by Republicans is incorrect. On page 342 of Bob Woodward’s book, “The Price of Politics,” sequestration is attributed to the president. In fact, House Republicans voted twice last year to avoid the sequester and addressed the issue in this year’s House passed budget. Unfortunately, the Senate has ignored all of our initiatives and has refused to vote on a replacement. Concern over sequestration is bipartisan with former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warning that these defense cuts will “hollow out” our military.
I sincerely hope the Senate takes action. Republicans know Ronald Reagan’s effective approach of peace through strength is correct. Sadly, the current president is reducing our military’s capabilities, which puts the safety of every American family at risk.
Rep. Joe Wilson
Joe Wilson represents South Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.