Rapid Fire March 14, 2013: Afghanistan Drawdown Leads to MRAP JLI CancellationMar 14, 2013 11:40 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff
- Patty Murray [D-WA], Chairman of the US Senate Budget Committee, introduced the first Senate budget proposal in years with a plan that seeks to replace sequestration with smaller budget cuts mixed with tax increases. This outline professes to save “$240 billion by carefully and responsibly reducing defense spending while giving the Pentagon enough time to plan and align the reductions to time with the drawdown of troops from overseas.”
- But there is significant light between Murray’s outlook and the one earlier introduced in the House by Paul Ryan. That President Obama had a cordial closed-door meeting with Congress Republicans does not seem to make the two parties any closer. Republicans sound rather convincingly ready to live with the sequester rather than yield on taxes.