Friday, February 22, 2013

Inhofe’s sequester alternative: Let service chiefs do cutting

 By: John Gizzi   2/21/2013 06:17 PM

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R- Okla.) has offered an alternative approach to handling the defense portion of the estimated $1.2 trillion cuts in federal spending known as sequestration poised to take effect March 1 unless Congress comes up with something different.
The centerpiece of the plan is to move responsibility for choosing specific defense cuts into the hands of the leaders of the five services. Some say the idea is gaining traction among lawmakers, including Democrats.

“I drafted a bill after talking to all five of the services chiefs [of the armed forces],” Inhofe, ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, told Human Events Thursday. He explained that in the event the sequestration cuts take effect next Friday, the service chiefs of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force Marine and Coast Guards “would make the adjustments with regard to the amounts that their particular branch of the armed forces is forced to make overall.”  To Read More……

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