Washington, DC: Following today’s State of the Air Force address from Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, released the following statement:  

“Reversing the harmful and devastating effects of sequestration remains my top priority in Congress.

As Secretary James correctly outlined today, if the President’s sequestration returns in 2016, it will have severe and irreversible consequences for our Air Force and for the mission readiness of our airmen.  The President’s plan, as I predicted when I voted against this misguided policy, imposes irresponsible and massive cuts to our military, deeply impacts installations like Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and poses a direct threat to our national security.

I am optimistic that with a Republican Senate and a larger House Republican majority, there will be increased momentum to find a solution for sequestration.

The United States has the most talented Air Force in the world.  It is critically important that our airmen have the support, funding, and certainty they need to fully and successfully execute their missions."