Amidst the return of the Maverick and late-night health care votes in the Senate, it is easy to lose sight of the other major development to happen on the Hill last couple weeks — the House passed an appropriations bill that busts budget caps by $63.5 billion. The defense appropriation bill in the Senate, which has yet to hit the floor, exceeds caps by $1.8 billion. If either are enacted, they would trigger sequestration, the automatic cuts required by the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA).
The draconian budget caps have cut defense funding by $78 billion since President Obama’s 2012 budget. The congressional defense committees have written budgets that realistically address how to rebuild the military but the threat of sequestration threatens the success of those budgets.
Read the full op-ed in The Hill.