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How hard has sequester hit DoD?

Jan. 30, 2014 - 07:17PM   |  
By SEAN REILLY   |   Comments
Two lawmakers have asked House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon to request a GAO analysis of the effects of sequestration on DOD.

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Two top House Armed Services Committee members are seeking an independent review of the sequester’s long-term impact on Defense Department operations.

Under the 2011 Budget Control Act, the automatic spending cuts will cost DoD about $500 billion over 10 years, Reps. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, and Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., said in a letter to the committee’s chairman, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif. In the letter, Turner and Sanchez ask McKeon to request a Government Accountability Office review.

“No one can deny these reductions represent a dramatic shift in how the department does business,” the two wrote, citing testimony by military leaders that the cuts are unmanageable.

Turner chairs the subcommittee on tactical air and land forces; Sanchez is the top Democrat on the subcommittee. “We believe it’s important” that the Pentagon’s implementation of the sequester “be examined by an independent agency like GAO,” they wrote. Not only would the study help current lawmakers evaluate the sequester’s effects, but it would aid future leaders in understanding the “devastation” resulting from the cuts.

Turner’s office released the letter, dated Jan. 23, on Thursday. A McKeon spokesman had no immediate comment.

Bonus: Read the letter.

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