Robert Hale, Defense Department comptroller, told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Friday that most projects under the Pentagon’s $9.5 billion military construction budget will not be affected by sequestration budget cuts, the American Forces Press Service reports.
Hale told the military construction, veterans affairs and related agencies subcommittee the department’s $526.6 billion discretionary base budget request for fiscal year 2014 is the same as its 2013 request.
The military’s readiness is suffering as a result of the cuts, according to Hale.
Hale also told lawmakers the 2014 request is 8 percent higher than what the department is working with right now under sequestration, Cheryl Pellerin reports.
Under the White House’s plan, the Pentagon expects budget increases of 2 percent each year beyond 2014 and that is enough to keep up with inflation, Hale said.