Rep. Mac Thornberry Wants Restoration of Pre-Sequestration Budget Caps

Mac Thornberry
Mac Thornberry

Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) has proposed to revive pre-sequestration budget caps of $566 billion for national defense and $50.9 billion for overseas operations in a move to address global threats, Defense News reported Friday.

John Bennett writes Thornberry, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, floated the recommendation to raise spending caps mandated under the 2011 Budget Control Act in a letter to House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga).

Thornberry also offered an alternative plan in case HASC’s proposal proves impractical, DoD Buzz reports.

“If this is not feasible in the first year, the committee recommends, at a minimum, last year’s House-passed budget resolution level of $566.0 billion for national defense in the base budget for FY16 with restoration to pre-sequestration level funding in FY17 and out,” Thornberry said in the letter.

“The constitution gives Congress the responsibility to ‘raise and support armies’ and ‘provide and maintain a Navy’ among other national security duties,” the lawmaker added.

Thornberry cited various threats worldwide from extremist groups and the nuclear programs of North Korea and Iran to support his argument for increasing defense budget caps, DoD Buzz’s Richard Sisk reports.

Price and Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) are scheduled to wrap up the fiscal year 2016 budget resolution in April, Defense News reports.

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