The American people spoke with passion last November. We’re listening. Now is the time for leadership, not rhetoric, from top military officials. The secretary of Defense needs to put some muscle behind this task and get the department’s fiscal house in order sooner rather than later. Our men and women in uniform are our finest investment. We should save every penny that we can within our defense apparatus to provide them with every tool that they need to keep them safe and keep us free.
The Department of Defense was first required to get its fiscal house in order more than two decades ago. It’s time for the Defense Department to step up to the plate.
Rep. Mike Conaway (R) represents Texas’ 11th district and serves on the Armed Services, Agriculture, Ethics and Intelligence committees.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.