Defense group hears soothing words

Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 11:23 AM.

“In my discussion with Gen. Bunch, he indicates that other states want to emulate what we are doing,” she said at the meeting.

Carroll said discussions of the task force’s efforts “are resonating in hallways in Washington, D.C.”

But she warned that “our installations and national defense can be very poisoned by sequestration.”

Sequestration, which calls for more that $50 billion in annual cuts to the military budget, would be imposed Jan. 15 if Congress and the president cannot agree to get out from under it.

John Walsh, who represents Gov. Rick Scott’s office in Washington, said the Defense Authorization Bill lying dormant in the Senate is “probably the biggest bargaining chip in sequestration discussions.”

Walsh said any movement toward preventing sequestration is likely to be postponed until after the Nov. 6 election. It’s also possible that Congress and president will figure out a way to “kick the can down the road.”

That’s not going to prevent severe cuts to military spending, Walsh added.

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