Sequestration is part of the Budget Control Act that mandates $1.2 trillion in cuts across federal agencies to include $500 million to the military over the next decade. Congress wrote sequestration into legislation to provide motivation for Congress to agree to a deficit reduction plan to replace the federal spending cuts. When they failed to reach such an agreement, sequestration was triggered on March 1.
The sequester will stretch across all four services of the military to include family programs. Only pay and the Department of Veterans Affairs have been exempted by President Obama from the cuts associated with sequestration. Military leaders have little flexibility in applying the cuts because the law mandates the Defense Department absorb a 9 percent cut across all programs.
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The Defense Department is poised to announce the shuttering of Fort Campbell, Kentucky's, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, according to Congress. The long anticipated closing means Fort Campbell will lose about 2,400 soldiers. "We are deeply disappointed by the Obama administration's decision to remove the 159th CAB from Fort Campbell," Ken... more
Republican leaders on Capitol Hill expect the defense portion of sequestration to be incrementally rolled back once the new Congress comes to session in 2015 even though Pentagon officials said Wednesday that they aren't so confident. Sequestration is slated to resume in 2015, but Congressional sources said they expect the Republicans to use th... more
WASHINGTON -- Navy readiness won’t fully recover from the second-order effects of the 2013 sequester for another year, the Chief of Naval Operations said Nov. 4 — and if the Budget Control Act cuts (known as sequestration) return in full force for fiscal year 2016, the nation might lose two of its five remaining major shipyards. “I worry about ... more
WASHINGTON -- A bill to secure the funding of veterans' services in a time of uncertain federal budgets won an initial legislative victory on Capitol Hill this week. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he will call a vote before the end of the year on the Putting Veterans Funding First Act. Reid announced this in a letter sent Tuesd... more
The U.S. Army's top officer spoke in his strongest terms yet about the harmful effects of automatic budget cuts on the military. In comments that seemed directed more at lawmakers than soldiers, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said the service faces significant long-term challenges because of across-the-board spending reductions kn... more