Defense-Minded Senators Broach Idea of “Balanced” Solution to Avoid Sequester

By: Tuesday September 25, 2012 6:16 am

A curious coalition has come together to petition the Senate leadership of both parties to work on a bipartisan deal to avoid the sequester, the automatic cuts to defense and discretionary spending. Six senators, three in each party, wrote the letter to Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell. It’s mostly generic, but the identity of those [...]

OMB Issues Report on Sequestration: “Deeply Destructive”

By: Friday September 14, 2012 12:27 pm

The Office of Management and Budget has released its Congressionally mandated report under the Sequestration Transparency Act, designed to explain how the Obama Administration would execute the sequester, the automatic cuts to defense and discretionary programs supposed to hit at the end of the year. The report includes these notable parts: • The cuts, on [...]

House Passes 6-Month Continuing Resolution to Fund Government

By: Friday September 14, 2012 6:57 am

The House passed a six-month spending bill that will keep the lights on in government agencies until March 2013. Democrats and Republicans made a bet that the next Congress will find more favorable terrain for them, and kicked any contentious spending issues into it. They may do the same on the fiscal cliff, but there’s [...]

Rand Paul Will Tell RNC Convention to “Audit the Pentagon”

By: Monday August 27, 2012 7:35 am

Here’s the revised schedule for the Republican National Convention. Nobody who was previously on the schedule got bumped, though a few may have to truncate their speeches. So Mike Huckabee will still get an opportunity to speak, and Rick Santorum, and the collection of “people of color in the Republican Party we see once every [...]

Getting Things Straight on the Military Sequester

By: Wednesday August 15, 2012 11:03 am

Justin Elliott has a useful story on how the press and politicians have inflated the military budget cuts that are part of the sequester that triggers at the end of the year. The total budgetary savings from the sequester are $1.2 trillion, equally divided between defense and discretionary spending. However, that includes the savings that [...]

McCain/Graham/Ayotte Tour to Stop Defense Cuts Held at Defense Contractor Sites

By: Tuesday August 14, 2012 1:15 pm

I don’t have a big problem with Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio holding a campaign event at the restaurant of a convicted drug smuggler. I think it’s amusing because of their criminal justice perspective, but he did his time and righted himself, and we don’t give enough second chances to ex-felons in this country. It [...]

Paul Ryan’s Budget Priorities: Transforming Government

By: Monday August 13, 2012 8:15 am

When you talk about “the Ryan budget,” you have to make a set of distinctions. There are actually, I believe, three Ryan budgets. The first, which pre-dates his ascension to the chair of the House Budget Committee, was a ridiculous conservative fantasy that slashed taxes and increased deficits by something like $60 trillion over time. [...]

Defense Contractors Plan to Go Forward With Layoff Notices

By: Friday August 10, 2012 9:35 am

It looks like several defense contractors will side with high-profile Republicans and ignore the Department of Labor guidance, and send out layoff notices to thousands of their employees four days before the election. At least two contractors will press ahead: Despite administration warnings that notices related to sequestration were unnecessary, Lockheed Martin and Pratt & [...]

Republicans Encourage Defense Contractors to Issue Layoff Notices Before the Election

By: Wednesday August 8, 2012 11:44 am

Defense contractors have come up with a particularly devious way to undermine the automatic cuts to the military budget in a way that could impact the Presidential election. Under the Worker Adjustment, Retraining and Notification (WARN) Act of 1988, government employees must be notified 60 days in advance of any layoffs. Defense contractors are taking [...]

Obama Signs Bill Forcing Report on Nature of Sequester Cuts

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 2:19 pm

The President signed HR 5872 today, known as the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012. This law, which sailed through Congress with almost no objection, requires the President to submit a report to Congress within 30 days, so by September 6, 2012, a “detailed report on the sequestration required to be ordered … for fiscal year [...]

Defense Industry Pressuring Republicans to Save Their Funding By Considering Higher Taxes

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 11:27 am

The defense industry has a single-minded purpose for the balance of the year – get Congress to avert $600 billion in cuts to the military budget that automatically trigger, by any means necessary. That would include replacing those cuts with tax increases, per Brian Beutler. A House Armed Services Committee hearing two weeks ago first [...]

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