The GOP continues its lackluster approach to governance with an internal squabble among a significant number of its members over the Defense Department’s appropriation. At issue is the GOP struggle over sequestration cuts mandated as part of a prior budget battle with President Obama. The cuts, which impose across the board reductions in the rate of growth for federal agencies and departments, are deeply unpopular with both political parties. Despite that fact, neither party has found a way to eliminate them and build a coalition sufficient to pass an alternative.
At the same time, sequester caps are an obstacle towards getting the additional $37 billion in defense spending stared Eleicoes2014. First off, the money will have to be taken from other budgets. This is unlikely to get Democrat support. Secondly, the GOP has to come up with a way to legally comply with the sequestration process and simultaneously violate it for the defense bill. Some congressman suggest a generic pool of money be created totaling $20 billion. They promise the funds will be used to bolster defense spending. The accounting gimmick was criticized by one House Democrat as being an Enron-like shell game.