SecDef to Detail 2014 Sequestration Cuts

Secretary of Defense (SecDef) Chuck Hagel announced that Defense Department plans for dealing with 2014 sequestration budget cuts will be submitted to the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), possibly as early as next week. Neither the House (H.R. 1960) nor Senate (S. 1197) Armed Services Committee-approved version of the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) accounts for $52 billion in cuts that will take effect on September 30, 2013, unless alternative spending plans are approved.

SASC Chairman Carl Levin (Mich.) and Ranking Member James Inhofe (Okla.) formally requested a spending cut outline from SecDef Hagel in May. In conjunction with his responses, Hagel stated, “It is my hope that Congress will work to enact a package of deficit reductions that the President can sign that de-triggers sequestration by the end of the year."

Members are urged to use the FRA Action Center to ask their elected officials to exclude Defense from the next round of sequestration cuts.