White House fails to meet deadline on detailing proposed defense cuts
The White House announced that it will not meet Friday’s deadline to make public what plans it will put into place to deal with the massive defense cuts coming at the end of the year.
The announcement comes shortly after President Obama signed into law the Sequestration Transparency Act that requires him to submit a report to Congress detailing the impact of his ‘sequester’ on defense and non-defense programs – cuts that were triggered after the so-called Super Committee to come up with a debt deal last year.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said the plans for defense cuts will be submitted to Congress by President Obama late next week. The plans should give insight to which defense bases and cities will be impacted by the defense cuts.
Carney accused Republicans of putting the nation at risk over the defense cuts “because of their insistence on preserving a trillion-dollar tax cut for millionaires and billionaires.”