WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement in response to the budget proposals of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates:
"Secretary Gates has worked hard to find cost savings in our defense budget. I appreciate his efforts to ensure that the money we spend on defense best meets the needs of our men and women in uniform, as well as our national interest in a time of rapidly-changing warfare. In the weeks to come, Congress will consider his proposals in detail. Congress has the final authority on defense spending, and we intend to examine Secretary Gates's proposals line-by-line, taking Members' views into consideration."