When it Comes to the Defense Sequester, the DoD Secretary Cuts to the Quick

By February 6, 2013Taxation

For more than a year, manufacturers have been telling policy makers that the pending sequester, now set for March 1st, will impair our national security and cripple a vital part of the manufacturing sector. This morning at Georgetown University, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta delivered the same message, and laid out the true national security ramifications.

On the need to maintain the defense industrial base, he told the audience, “The last damn thing we need, if we face a crisis, is to have to contract out that responsibility to another country.” As the deadline fasts approaches for the across-the-board cuts to kick in, we strongly urge Congress and the Administration to work together to replace the sequester with less damaging cuts in federal spending and not job-killing tax increases.

Dorothy Coleman

Dorothy Coleman

Dorothy Coleman is vice president of tax and domestic economic policy at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Ms. Coleman is responsible for providing NAM members with important information related to tax issues and representing the NAM’s position to Congress, the Administration and the media. An NAM spokesperson for tax policy issues, she coordinates membership coalitions; prepares testimony, reports and analyses; and responds to media inquiries. Before taking over as vice president of the tax policy department, she served as director of tax policy from April 1998 to April 2000.
Dorothy Coleman

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