Exclude Defense from Sequestration Now!
The President’s proposed budget and both the House and Senate versions of the FY2018 National Defense Authorization (NDAA) bills violate the spending caps of the Budget Control Act (BCA). This sets strict caps on both defense and non-defense spending. In the past, Congress managed to make short-term compromises lifting the caps for a couple of years at a time. No such agreement applies to FY2018 NDAA.
Budget cuts mandated by the BCA pose a threat to national security and will substantially impact FRA member’s pay and benefits. These automatic cuts, known as sequestration, require 50 percent come from Defense, even though Defense makes up only 17 percent of the federal budget. These cuts were intended to be so punitive that Congress and the Administration would be forced to work together to find reasonable alternatives. Unfortunately, this has not occurred. Congress, and the White House have been consumed with partisan bickering and have been unable to come to a long-term budget agreement without sequestration cuts. Members are strongly urged to use the online FRA Action Center to ask their legislators to exclude Defense spending from sequestration.