GOP Budget Plan Reverses Some Defense Spending Reductions

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Republicans in Congress never
really liked sequestration. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was
always quite
clear about this: “I don’t like the sequester,” he
said last month. The primary reason that Boehner and other
House Republicans didn’t like the sequester was that its spending
reductions fell heavily on a top GOP priority—defense spending. But
the GOP decided to let the sequester take effect anyway, in part
because they felt like they had to. After a defeat at the polls in
November and a fiscal cliff deal that raised tax rates without
cutting spending, the Republican majority in the House needed to
show that they had the power to make something happen in a
town run by Democrats.
So they let the sequester go through. They needed to. For show,
as much as anything else. But the problem, from the GOP’s
perspective, is that doing so leaves those pesky defense reductions
in place.
Which is why House Republicans are now trying to make something
else happen: a reversal of some of the sequester’s defense spending
reductions. On Wednesday, nearly every House Republican
voted for a
continuing resolution that would provide
$982 billion in discretionary funding for the government to
stay for the next six months. That keeps spending in line with the
sequester’s topline figure. But the House CR also quietly
restores about $10 billion in funding to the Department of
Defense budget.
Was this always the plan? We’ve seen plenty of warnings that the
sequester’s reductions wouldn’t stick. And former Republican House
Majority Leader Tom Delay, in the midst of a day of meetings with
the current GOP about sequestration strategy, openly
suggested that the defense reductions “can always be replaced
during the appropriations process, after the cuts are put into
place.” So this doesn’t come entirely as a surprise.
This isn’t the final legislation, of course. In order for the
continuing resolution to pass, the Senate must still pass its own
version, and then any conflicts between the two versions must be
ironed out. But it hints at a possible Republican game plan going
forward: allow defense budget reductions to occur, at least for a
bit. And then quietly start the process of attempting to reverse
those reductions a little while later.

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GOP Budget Plan Reverses Some Defense Spending Reductions

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