FRA Advocates Sustained Commitment to Career Veterans
FRA spoke before the Senate Appropriations’ Defense Subcommittee this week to share its members’ concerns regarding the proposed FY 2013 Department of Defense (DoD) budget. John Davis, FRA’s director of Legislative Programs, asked lawmakers to exclude DoD from sequestration and ensure commitments made to past and present service members are honored.
Provisions of the 2011
Budget Control Act require that half of the automatic budget cuts
(sequestration) slated to take place beginning in January 2013 must come
from the Defense budget. FRA agrees with Secretary of Defense Leon
Panetta that such a drastic reduction in DoD spending will “do
catastrophic damage to our military … and [degrade our] ability to
protect the country.”
Adequate funding for
military healthcare programs and maintaining the current military
retirement system are FRA’s top legislative priorities for the
year, and both are potential targets as Congress considers budget cuts.
The Administration’s FY 2013 budget request seeks significant
increases in TRICARE healthcare enrollment fees for military retirees,
as well as increases in pharmacy co-pays.