Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, released the following statement on the Air Force’s draft proposal to implement sequestration cuts:

“The draft proposal from the Air Force outlining sequestration cuts is highly troubling news. Sequestration will affect mission readiness and our deployed personnel around the globe. Civilian furloughs will delay systems testing – ultimately increasing end costs to the taxpayer and the amount of time it takes to deliver equipment to our warfighters. The President’s plan to gamble with our national security has turned out to be a losing bet – one I predicted when voting against sequestration in August of last year. The deficit of leadership from the President and the Senate will ultimately be paid back by those who have already sacrificed so much: our men and women in uniform.”