• Eliminating the purchase of obsolete spare parts for all branches of the military would save $369 billion over the next decade.
• Fully implementing the reforms recommended by the bipartisan defense acquisition panel would save $270 billion.
• Realigning our nuclear arsenal to meet 21st-century threats would save $113 billion.
The American people expect Democrats and Republicans to leave behind the overheated partisan rhetoric from both sides that has often produced congressional gridlock.
I know that we can do this because the alternative of letting the country go over the fiscal cliff is unthinkable.
My Republican friends and I approach major policy questions from very different perspectives, but we share a common love for this country and a mutual responsibility to act like adults and carry out the people’s business.
After all, that’s why the voters hired us to do this job.
Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., is a member of the Financial Services and Oversight and Government Reform committees.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.