Stop Sequestration

From the AFSA Capwiz Legislative Site:

The Budget Control Act of 2011 raised the debt limit and mandated $1.2 trillion in automatic “sequestration” cuts over 10 years- half from defense and half from non-defense areas of the federal budget. That is of course, unless lawmakers found another way to reduce the federal budget deficit by that amount. 

Up to half of the cuts generated by the automatic “sequester” would come from defense and lawmakers agreed to these terms because they believed the unconscionable prospect of gutting defense would spur Congress into action. 

It didn’t… Instead of completing meaningful action on this issue, Congress has been consumed by election-year politics. As a result, America is on the brink of having: 

  • The smallest ground force since 1940
  • The smallest fleet of Navy ships since 1915
  • The smallest tactical fighter force in the history of the Air Force
  • The loss of up to 1 million private sector jobs, most from defense industries; and
  • More than 350,000 active duty military and DOD civilian jobs lost.

Describing what would happen if sequestration goes forward, one lawmaker said, “It will be like BRAC on steroids.” Everything, including important benefits like pay and healthcare would be at risk. 

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see these cuts to the military pose a serious threat that would break the back of our Armed Forces. Allowing sequestration to happen is the wrong thing for America and the all-volunteer force. Please send the message below to urge your elected officials to work together and find a bipartisan solution that protects America’s national defense through a more precise budget review.

To take action, go to the AFSA Capwiz Site and use the pregenerated letters to tell your local Congressman about this issue.

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