11:03 AM, Feb 26, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The New York Times reported Monday that congressional Republicans were split on the coming defense budget sequestration, with many in the GOP suggesting the cuts ought to go through because "fiscal questions trump defense" Now, more than 70 foreign policy experts, including prominent Republicans and Democrats, have signed a letter drafted by the Foreign Policy Initiative that urges congressional leaders to act and stop the sequestration. A copy of the letter is running as an ad in Tuesday's print edition of Politico.
"Sequestration will result in unacceptable risk for U.S. national security," the letter reads. "It will degrade our ability to defend our allies, deter aggres- sion, and promote and protect American economic interests. It will erode the credibility of our treaty commitments abroad. It will be a self-inflicted wound to American strength and leadership in the world. History will not look kindly on this abdication of responsibility, but will hold accountable the President and the Congress who together chose such a dangerous course."
Read the full letter and see its signatories below:
On Tuesday afternoon, President Barack Obama will meet with Republican senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who have been outspoken about halting the sequestration and maintaining the defense spending threatened by those cuts. Graham told CNN he hopes to speak with Obama about sequestration.
Meet the new Massachusetts senator.12:21 PM, Nov 9, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat who defeated Scott Brown for the U.S. Senate, held what the Boston Herald reports as an "awkward" first press conference in Boston with Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick.
5:30 PM, May 10, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Hill reports:
The House voted Thursday to override steep cuts to the Pentagon’s budget mandated by last summer's debt deal and replace them with spending reductions to food stamps and other mandatory social programs.
4:35 PM, May 10, 2012 • By THOMAS DONNELLY
CNNMoney has uncovered a shocking story: Mitt Romney will spend more on national defense than Barack Obama would!
4:43 PM, May 1, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In speaking about U.S. defense, Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock told the Times of Northwest Indiana that “There's always going to be a lot of duplication. We look today at the historical setup of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard. There's a lot of duplication and bureaucracy right there. In the 21st century, is that necessary? I'm not sure that it is.”
11:29 AM, Apr 25, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) delivered the following remarks today during a hearing on replacing the budget sequester:
3:01 PM, Nov 29, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich called plans to sequester $600 billion from the defense budget “totally destructive” and “very dangerous to the survival of the country.” The cuts, scheduled to begin in 2013, will automatically occur because of the supercommittee’s inability to cut $1.2 trillion over the next ten years from the federal budget.
6:04 PM, Nov 28, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Because of the so-called supercommittee’s inability to recommend just over a trillion dollars of savings from the federal budget over the next ten years, $600 billion worth of cuts to military spending will automatically be sequestered beginning in 2013. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is urging President Obama to prevent this from happening.
12:05 PM, Oct 17, 2011 • By ROBERT ZARATE
Recent Republican presidential candidate debates have featured a 30-second ad sponsored by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in support of more cuts to defense spending. The commercial, however, is misleading.
2:00 PM, Oct 5, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Congressman Randy Forbes is starting an initiative called, "Strong Defense, Strong America." "Some argue that another $600 billion of defense cuts will not hurt America," Forbes writes in his introductory letter. "We can do more with less, they say. Or, we can just do less. They are wrong."
8:08 AM, Aug 8, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In today's Washington Post, Robert Samuelson argues that it was liberal protectors of the entitlements, not the Tea Party, that "won" the most in last week's debt deal. The military, he says, was the real loser:
8:49 AM, Aug 1, 2011 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
John Bolton has just issued a thoughtful statement raising “serious questions ... about the national-security implications of the proposed deal to raise the Federal debt ceiling.” Bolton calls attention to the worrisome short-term defense cuts that the deal makes likely, and to the huge medium- and long-term cuts that the deal’s triggering mechanism makes possible.
5:29 PM, Jul 31, 2011 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Members of Congress and their staff who know and care about defense are somewhere between alarmed and panicked at the emerging shape of the debt ceiling deal. (Consider this amazing on-the-record statement by Senator Joe Lieberman’s communications director to Jennifer Rubin just a few minutes ago: “Senator Lieberman is very concerned about rumors that the d