ICYMI: Opening Statement of Chairman Wilson: Impact of Continuing Resolution, Sequestration, and Declining Operations and Maintenance Budgets on Military Personnel and Family Related Programs

Mar 13, 2013
Press Release

The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a hearing today on the Impact of the Continuing Resolution, Sequestration, and Declining Operations and Maintenance Budgets on Military Personnel and Family Related Programs. Chairman Joe Wilson (SC) made the following opening statement as prepared for delivery: Witness testimony can be found on the Committee Document Repository website as well as linked below. All witness testimony is as prepared for, and embargoed until delivery.  

"The hearing will come to order. The Subcommittee today will once again focus on the challenges of maintaining an all volunteer force in a budget constrained environment by looking at the impacts on military personnel and family related programs.   "These programs, such as Morale, Welfare and Recreation; Child Care; Military Exchanges; Commissaries; and Family Services which include DOD Schools, are vital to maintaining the readiness of the military.  Since most of these programs are staffed by civilians, the furloughing of military civilian personnel has a huge impact on these programs, to include our medical treatment facilities. Although the Department and the services have made commitments to minimize the impact a continuing resolution and sequestration will have on these programs, especially those impacting wounded warriors and families; there will be reductions and it will affect the daily lives of our servicemembers and their families, to include retirees.    "The committee will hear from the witnesses on how the continuing resolution, sequestration and declining  operations and maintenance accounts will impact the military personnel and family programs, which have been crucial for maintaining an all volunteer force during more than 10 years of war.  Although the House has passed a Defense Appropriations bill for the remainder of Fiscal year 2013, the Senate has yet to do so and the threat of a year long CR is still there.  It is a challenge for the services to manage these programs without a timely budget, and unfortunately CRs have become a norm.  "I would like to welcome our distinguished witnesses."

Witnesses

Lieutenant General Howard B. Bromberg , USA  Deputy Chief of Staff G-1, U.S. Army

•   Witness Truth in Testimony [PDF]

•   Witness Biography [PDF]

Lieutenant General Darrell D. Jones , USAF  Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, U.S. Air Force

•   Witness Truth in Testimony [PDF]

•   Witness Biography [PDF]

Lieutenant General Robert E. Milstead , USMC  Deputy Commandant, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, U.S. Marine Corps

•   Witness Truth in Testimony

•   Witness Biography [PDF]

Vice Admiral Scott R. Van Buskirk , USN  Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education, U.S. Navy

•   Witness Truth in Testimony [PDF]

•   Witness Biography [PDF]

Dr. Jonathan Woodson  Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs, Department of Defense

•   Witness Truth in Testimony [PDF]

•   Witness Biography [PDF]

The Honorable Jessica Wright  Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Department of Defense

•   Witness Truth in Testimony [PDF]

Witness Biography [PDF]