GOP Senators Address Sequestration Cuts

NGAUS Washington Report

(Nov. 19, 2013) An amendment to the Senate defense authorization bill would limit the effects of sequestration in 2014 in exchange for lower defense spending growth for several more years.

The amendment being considered by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., is still in the planning stage. However, according to CQ, it would cap defense spending in 2014 at $524 billion, which would blunt sequestration’s impact. Under the sequester, the defense budget could fall to $498 billion.

However, under the plan being devised by the two senators, defense growth would be 1 percent annually through 2021. That’s below the anticipated rate of inflation, meaning the Pentagon would pay over the next few years for the relief offered in 2014.

CQ reported that Democrats may not support the amendment. Most of them want similar treatment for nondefense discretionary spending in exchange for their backing of the McCain-Sessions plan.