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Pentagon ‘Cuts’ Are Now Down To 1% Of Budget

From The Hill:

Pentagon delays civilian furloughs

By Jeremy Herb | March 21, 2013

The Pentagon is delaying its furlough notices to civilian employees by two weeks after Congress passed a government funding measure giving the Defense Department more flexibility in its budget.

The Defense Department had been planning to furlough most of its nearly 700,000 civilian employee for up to 22 days before September in order to deal with budget reductions.

But the continuing resolution (CR) that Congress sent to President Obama on Thursday provides the Pentagon with an additional $10 billion in its operations and maintenance accounts, which includes civilian personnel costs.

What’s this? $10 billion dollars? The ‘cuts’ to military spending only total $22 billion. So the Pentagon is now only being asked to ‘cut’ $12 billion. That is just a little more than 1% of the Pentagon’s budget, which in 2012 was somewhere around $1 trillion dollars.

(That is, if Obama doesn’t veto this CR, since he threatened to veto any changes to the sequester.)

Pentagon press secretary George Little said that the delay will allow the Pentagon to analyze the CR, and said no decisions have been made about whether the number of furlough days in fiscal 2013 will be changed.

“We believe the delay is a responsible step to take in order to assure our civilian employees that we do not take lightly the prospect of furloughs and the resulting decrease in employee pay," Little said…

What a joke. These furlough threats were a total sham from the gitgo.

While the continuing resolution included a full-year Defense appropriations bill — which allowed for the transfer of funds — the Pentagon is still facing across-the-board cuts under sequestration. The DOD must cut roughly $46 billion in fiscal 2013.

That is not true. Again, the CBO says the sequester cuts this year will only total $44 trillion. And the military will only be half of that.

But you can’t expect our news media to get little details like that correct.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, March 22nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Pentagon ‘Cuts’ Are Now Down To 1% Of Budget”

  1. Maybe Biden’s hotel bills can make up the shortfall


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