Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

Inhofe proposes sequester exemption for DoD as part of Syria measure

Sep. 10, 2013 - 01:54PM   |  
  • Filed Under

A key Republican is pushing for a one-year Defense Department exemption from sequestration as part of any resolution authorizing a military strike against Syria.

Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said his proposed amendment would avoid the $52 billion or higher budget cut facing the Defense Department in fiscal 2014 if President Obama takes military action.

Inhofe made clear, however, that he would vote against the Syria use-of-force authorization even if his amendment is adopted. “I will still oppose the effort of this president to send activity into Syria. I believe it would precipitate a war,” Inhofe said.

Inhofe’s remarks come as the Senate has delayed a vote on S.J. Res 21, a measure passed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that would authorize the use of force against Syria for a limited period and prohibits deployment of U.S. troops into Syria.

A procedural vote on the measure had been scheduled for Wednesday, but was indefinitely postponed while the Obama administration attempts to sell Congress and the American public on the need for military strikes on Syria and for consideration of a Russian proposal to avoid a conflict by having Syria give up its chemical weapons stockpiles.

“I am very much opposed to any kind of force in Syria, but if it happens we want to be sure there is some protection there,” Inhofe said.

His push to protect the military budget is a response, he said, to the military being “decimated by drastic budget cuts.”

Specifically, he cited the grounding for three months of 16 Air Force squadrons, cuts in naval and ground forces and federal civilian furloughs.

“We can't have it both ways, continuing to cut the funding of our military while still expecting to meet our national security requirements,” he said. “As military readiness and capabilities decline, we accept greater risk, and, as I have always said, risk equals lives.”

Similar efforts are under way in the House of Representatives, with talk of including a sequester exemption for the Defense Department in any Syria resolution and also including the exemption for the government funding bill lawmakers need to pass by the start of the fiscal year on Oct. 1 to avoid a government shutdown.

More In News

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

VA Home Loan
Rates

Search By:

Product Options:
Zip Code:

News for your in-box

Sign up now for free Military Times E-Reports. Choose from Money and Education. Subscribers: log in for premium e-newsletters.

This Week's Army Times

This Week's Army Times

More force-outs
Army expands involuntary separations of problem NCOs

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

Classifieds
MilitaryTimes Green Trusted Classifieds Looking to buy, sell and connect on Military Times?
Browse expanded listings across hundreds of military installations.
Faces of valorHonoring those who fought and died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
hall of valorThe Hall of Valor is a searchable database of valor award citations collected by Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran and Military Times contributing editor, and by Military Times staff.
   Last Post: garhkal
        Apr 19, 2014 3:13 PM
   Last Post: garhkal
        Apr 15, 2014 4:55 PM
   Last Post: Shaken1976
        Apr 15, 2014 5:13 PM
Handbooks

All you need to know about your military benefits.

Benefits handbook

Guard & Reserve All you need to know about the Guard & Reserve.

guard and reserve handbook