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Chamber Supports Ending Sequestration

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March 20, 2015
On behalf of the Leavenworth-Lansing Chamber of Commerce, we are reaching out to our Chamber Members to assist the Chamber’s efforts in rallying our federal delegation to end sequestration.  As Kansas residents, businesspersons, and supporters of Fort Leavenworth, the Chamber is adamantly opposed to the reductions in Army manpower (Soldiers and civilians) that will go into effect on October 1, 2015 if nothing is done about Sequestration. 
 
On Jan 28, 2015, the Chief of Staff, Army, General Raymond T. Odierno, testified in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on the issue of Sequestration. In his opening statement General Odierno said he believed “this is the most uncertain I have seen the national security environment in my nearly 40 years of service, [while] the amount and velocity of instability continues to increase around the world.” He went on to say that despite [the myriad of threats facing the U.S.] “We continue to reduce our military capabilities . . . over the last 3 years we have already significantly reduced the capabilities of the U.S. Army, and this is before Sequestration begins again in 2016.” 

The Leavenworth-Lansing Chamber of Commerce is alarmed and deeply concerned about the economic and human impacts Sequestration is having and will continue to have on Fort Leavenworth and our larger community. However, we recognize an even greater concern; our National Defense structure is in the process of suffering irreparable damage while the world continues to evolve into a much more dangerous place.  With a massive federal deficit, it necessarily forced across the board budget cuts on almost the entire budget, to include traditionally protected programs. However, not all budget items are equal. The first and primary responsibility of the Federal government is to ensure the security of an American’s person and property, wherever they are in the world. Nothing else the Federal government does matters if this Constitutional and moral obligation cannot be met. Even in small-town Kansas, the evidence is clear and compelling that our security is in serious jeopardy.

We are encouraging our Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber Members to download and send the letters found here to our federal delegation in support of ending sequestration.
 
Sincerely,
 
Mike Nielsen, 2015 Board of Directors Chair
Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce

 
Contact:
Jennifer Daly, President
jennifer@llchamber.com, 913.682.4112
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