Newsletter: April 15, 2013

MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2013
81 More Ways to Save Taxpayer Dollars
By Susan Sullivan Lagon, Senior Fellow

Like all presidential budget requests, President Obama’s FY14 budget includes recommendations for streamlining government to promote greater efficiency.  Traditionally, presidents propose cuts to programs (Obama’s budget includes 215) and encounter resistance from Congress, but this year might be different.


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Although the President submitted this year’s budget two months late, it’s clear that the various fiscal cliffs, the on again off again on again sequester and the continuing resolutions have made budget planning a nightmare.  In defense, the budget proposes a new round of base closures that would begin in 2015, even though it’s clear closing bases is a non-starter in Congress.  It requests $526.6 billion in base budget spending and $88 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), which is $900 million below the FY13 appropriations total, but $52 billion over the budget cap imposed by sequestration. The $88 billion in war spending is $6 billion more than last year’s request, even though we’re planning on withdrawing from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.  When asked to explain why the war spending request hadn’t decreased, as most expected, Defense Comptroller Bob Hale explained:“Here’s the simple story about the OCO budget.  We don’t have one yet.”

-Ken Gold

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