Posted: Feb 22, 2013 8:43 PM by Jen Fenter - MTN News
U.S. Representative Steve Daines (R-MT) toured both the Montana Air National Guard and Malmstrom Air Force Base on Friday.
Daines says it's one thing to talk about the issues in Washington, D.C., but he wanted to hear from those in uniform to put a face to the debate with just one week until sequestration - forced federal budget cuts - hits.
Daines said, "We have to address the budget deficits and the debt the country has, but do it in a way that makes sense, in terms of a priority- based approach versus arbitrary cuts. And we'll be working hard next week to see if we can find a better resolution than we have today."
Daines says these tours gave him a better understanding of the military operations in Great Falls, and the importance it has on the local economy and on national security.