Sen. Kelly Ayotte (above) has campaigned around the country, warning of the danger of the sequester with GOP Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham.
The Center for Security Policyís Christine Brim said the administration has knowingly created a situation of uncertainty because it has instructed the Defense Department not to make plans for the sequestration in order to avoid the pre-election layoff notices. Her organization is run by Ronald Reagan administration official Frank Gaffney.
ďItís a man-made disaster as opposed to one that just emerged on its own,Ē Brim said. ďNobody wants arbitrary notices to go out if theyíre not needed, but because there are no plans, we cannot issue WARN Act notices because we donít know which specific contracts would be affected. Itís a Catch-22 thatís been created here.Ē
At issue is $109 billion in spending cuts ó including $55 billion from the Pentagon ó that are set to go into effect Jan. 2. The cuts are the first installment in a total of $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts over 10 years. The cuts, part of a deal struck last year to raise the debt ceiling, were triggered by Congressí failure to agree to its own deficit reduction package, and Republicans, along with some Democrats, have raised concerns that the cuts could hurt national defense programs.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.