Fact Sheet: Down Payment to Protect National Security Act of 2013   [open pdf - 175KB]

"The Down Payment to Protect National Security Act of 2013 would prevent a further round of cuts in Fiscal Year 2013, beyond the $46 billion reduction already imposed as part of the President's budget-driven defense strategy, from hitting our military as a result of sequestration. The President's first round of cuts alone significantly reduced military end strength, impacted force readiness, and jeopardized our nuclear deterrent. Another round of cuts required as a result of sequestration would devastate our Armed Forces. [...] This legislation would pay for one year of defense and non-defense sequestration by requiring a reduction in the federal workforce through attrition and a pay freeze for members of Congress. This offset was originally part of the Supercommittee deliberations and was recommended by the President's fiscal commission."

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