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Crenshaw Co-Sponsors Bill to Prevent Looming Defense Cuts

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) today (12/31) underscored his continued commitment to America's national security by co-sponsoring the Down Payment to Protect National Security Act (H.R. 3662).

The legislation, authored by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA), aims to prevent looming defense cuts that would result from the process of sequestration. The bill currently has 38 co-sponsors and has been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Crenshaw, a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement:

"As Congress works to address the Super Committee's failure to act on budget cuts, the stakes couldn't be higher for the Pentagon. That's why I have co-sponsored this common-sense approach to preserving the strength of our national defense as we move through these tough economic times.

"We can achieve the same savings in the first year of sequestration by allowing for attrition in of the federal workforce by 10 percent over ten years. Our nation's military has already contributed nearly a half trillion dollars to deficit reduction and our servicemen and women are being asked to do more with less. We've spent ten years rebuilding our nation's military, and I will not allow short-sighted budget decisions to turn back that progress."

Background on sequestration:

The 2013 proposed defense budget contains $487 billion in cuts and is expected to be formally released to Congress in early February. Because the Super Committee did not achieve its intended fiscal goals in 2012, defense spending faces an additional $500 billion in mandatory cuts, beyond the $487 billion amount, through the process of sequestration. Unless Congress approves an alternative plan, the cuts that would result from sequestration would begin in January of 2013.

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