Coalition Letter: Senate Should Oppose Amendment Eliminating Sequester Mechanism

CRS has joined National Taxpayers Union and ten other organizations urging Senators to oppose an amendment to the NDAA. Amendment #2321, offered by Senator Tom Cotton (R-AK), would eliminate the Budget Control Act’s (BCA) sequester mechanism for discretionary spending as a way to continue increasing defense funding and work around the budget caps.

The letter explains in more detail:

Despite repeated budget agreements that amended the BCA’s caps, the BCA has nonetheless been an essential check on the congressional impulse to overspend. The BCA has generated significant savings for taxpayers, established a lower budget baseline, and forced much-needed waste reduction and prioritization of programmatic needs across federal agencies.

The annual Defense authorization act is an improper vehicle to unwind the BCA. Any discussion of repealing or changing the caps ought to be done in the context of other significant reforms that would generate real savings for taxpayers – both now AND in the future.

The full text of the letter can be read here.

Signers include:

  • Coalition to Reduce Spending
  • National Taxpayers Union
  • Campaign for Liberty
  • Concerned Veterans for America
  • Center for Freedom and Prosperity
  • Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
  • ConservativeHQ
  • Independent Women’s Voice
  • Defense Priorities Initiative
  • Taxpayers for Common Sense
  • FreedomWorks
  • Taxpayers Protection Alliance