The congressional letter cited references then Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump made last September promising to eliminate the defense sequester “as soon as I take office.”
“Many members” of the current Congress “have never cast a vote on sequestration,” the lawmakers’ letter said. “Sequestration diminishes our military’s readiness, impedes our ability to deter adversaries effectively, and ravages our defense communities across the country.”
The letter was released as the House passed a $1.1 trillion omnibus bill Wednesday that added $15 billion to a defense budget request through the end of the fiscal year. The spending bill heads to the Senate, which has until Friday to pass the legislation to avert a partial federal government shutdown.
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Sequestration was enacted under the Budget Control Act of 2011, which capped defense spending for a decade.
Turner is chairman of the House Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee. The Republican’s district spans Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, headquarters of the Air Force Materiel Command and the Air Force Research Laboratory.