Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2014 and the Future Years Defense Program: Hearing Before the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, April 17, 2013   [open pdf - 841KB]

This testimony compilation is from the April 17, 2013 hearing, "Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2014 and the Future Years Defense Program," before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. From the opening statement of Carl Levin: "The future of the defense budget is in flux due to the Congress['] failure to enact legislation reducing the deficit by $1.2 trillion as required by the Budget Control Act. As a result of that, the DOD funding for fiscal year 2013 was reduced by sequestration in the amount of $41 billion, and unless Congress acts, the fiscal year 2014 DOD budget will be cut by an additional $52 billion below the funding level which is in the President's budget for fiscal year 2014 and also in the budgets passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives. Congress can fix the budget problems by enacting legislation that reduces the deficit by $1.2 trillion over 10 years. That would take a grand bargain, including both spending cuts and additional revenues, that would turn off the automatic spending cuts of sequestration for those 10 years. I remain hopeful we can develop such a bipartisan plan. But absent a so-called 'grand bargain,' surely we can devise a balanced deficit reduction package for 1 year that avoids sequestration in fiscal year 2014. We simply cannot continue to ignore the effects of sequestration." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Carl Levin, Charles T. Hagel, and Martin E. Dempsey.

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