Senate Armed Services Chair Thinks Sequestration Won’t Happen

June 14, 2012

The Senate Armed Services Committee chairman predicted Thursday that Congress will find a way to avoid automatic budget cuts in January that could hurt national security, but he added that any ultimate budget agreement won’t leave the Defense Department unscathed.

Pressure is building, particularly within the defense industry, to head off the automatic across-the-board budget cuts scheduled to take effect in January under terms of last year’s Budget Control Act.

Beginning as early as October — perhaps sooner — layoff notices could be delivered to defense industry workers, and possibly to some DoD civilian employees, as officials prepare for the possibility that Congress and the White House won’t come up with a compromise to avoid the automatic cuts.

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