The Budget Control Act, which installs spending caps that are unpopular with both parties, might not be in place by the end of the year, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
"That's a good question," the Kentucky Republican said, when asked during a Wednesday interview with the Washington Examiner whether the 2011 act's limitations would stay in force.
The law requires around $984 billion in cuts to discretionary spending through 2021. The across-the-board cuts delete items from the federal budget that might be more valuable than others, critics have said, the Examiner reported.
Those in favor of more defense spending said the law diminishes the military. However, each year, legislators have found ways to increase the Pentagon’s defense budget without hitting the Budget Act cap.
"I think there’s a desire to increase defense spending. And exactly how that is done compared to the domestic side and to the Budget Control Act is under discussion,” McConnell told the Examiner.
On Feb. 7, an Army official testified that the Budget Control Act must be repealed, according to the Department of Defense.
“The most important actions you can take … that will have both positive and lasting impact, will be to immediately repeal the 2011 Budget Control Act and ensure sufficient funding to train, man, and equip the FY 17 (National Defense Authorization Act) authorized force," the Army’s vice chief of staff, Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, told the House Armed Services Committee.
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