Republican Defense Supporters Gird to Shield Pentagon Spending
House Armed Services Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.) is working on a strategy to show fellow Republicans how additional cuts to DOD’s budget under last month’s debt ceiling agreement would cause serious harm to national security.
McKeon’s goal is to hold the line on reductions in defense spending to the $350 billion in cuts over the next 10 years called for under the deal’s initial round, reported CQ Today. His aim is to avoid the deeper cuts to defense spending that would result if the congressional deficit reduction committee fails to trim the federal deficit by at least $1.2 trillion. In that case, automatic spending cuts would be triggered, split equally between defense and non-defense programs with DOD absorbing up to $600 billion in cuts.
McKeon plans to present an analysis to the deficit reduction committee of how additional cuts would impact the nation’s military readiness, according to the story. Last week Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee met to discuss their next moves.
The chairman also plans to meet with the entire Republican caucus to highlight the potential long-term consequences of further cuts to the Pentagon’s budget, CQ said.