U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement on the White House release of the congressionally mandated report detailing the impact of sequestration.
"The White House's report on the impact of sequestration only confirmed what we have already been told by the Pentagon, that these cuts will be devastating to our national security and overall readiness," said Inhofe. "In roughly 400 pages, the President provided minimal new information or necessary details for agencies to prepare. While the report exempted military personnel from the President's sequestration, it did announce cuts in the Overseas Contingency Operations fund. Placing our men and women on the front lines and then reducing the resources they need by 10 percent is unacceptable. The President is failing to provide leadership.
"As the White House showed by not issuing a report until Congress forced him to do so and then releasing the report a week late, the President has not taken this potential national security crisis seriously. Instead he is playing politics with our safety with the most obvious example being the President encouraging defense contractors to break the law by ignoring the WARN Act and delaying sequestration pink slips until after the election. He and the Democrats have also attempted to tie sequestration to a tax hike on job creators, saying this is our only option to prevent their disastrous policy. My bill, the Sequestration Prevention Act, proves otherwise by cutting wasteful spending and reforming entitlements as a means to offset the cost."
Inhofe has been the leading voice in the Senate on the impact of sequestration to the defense industry and our national security. On August 1, he introduced the Sequestration Prevention Act, repealing sequestration and offsetting the cost at a total savings estimate of $61.2 billion over ten years. Inhofe has also raised attention to the Obama Administration leaning on industries to break the WARN Act, a law requiring employers to give 60 days notice of a mass layoff. Because sequestration takes place on Jan. 2, 2013, sequestration pink slips would be due five days before the Presidential election.