A plan to cut the military civilian workforce is puttingnational security and the dreams of many Americans at risk,according to a union video released Wednesday.
The video was released by the AmericanFederation of Government Employees (AFGE). It warns a plan to cut the militarybudgetÂ will have a profoundly negative impact onmany Americans and national security. The proposed cuts are beingmandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011.
“The army under full sequestration would have to reduceits civilian workforce by about 23,000 by the end of 2019,”AFGE Assistant Legislative Director John Threlkeld says in the video. “In addition to theterrible toll inflicted on civilian employees and their familiesand the communities in which they live, these arbitrary cuts willhave similarly adverse impacts on war fighters andtaxpayers.”
The Budget Control Act established limits on discretionaryspending for fiscal years 2016 through 2021. Toalign with the requirements, the Army plans to cut its civilianworkforce by 30 percent at dozens of bases by 2020. AFGErepresents many government workers including those likely to beimpacted by the budget cuts. Supporters of thebudget cuts, however, argue they are criticallyneeded.
“The Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA) has shrunk the sizeof government more effectively than any budget tool in ageneration,” Economist Stephen Moore wrote for The Heritage Foundation. “Totalfederal outlays have fallen from $3.603 trillion in 2011 to $3.506trillion in 2014. The economy and jobs have picked up steam as thegovernment has shrunk, refuting the Keynesian gospel of theleft.”
Some budget cuts have already be enacted. Asthe video highlights, Fort Huachuca alone has lost 1,100 civilianpositions in the last 18 months. The U.S. Office of Management andBudget reports that already $103 billion in defensespending and $82 billion in nondefense spending has been cutbetween 2012 to 2014.
â€œIf sequestration continuesand we start to plan for the 2020 budget cuts, therewonâ€™t be anything left here,â€ AFGELocal 1662 President Katie Rasdall also noted in the video. “This isa real eyeopener for people to try fight back.”
Its not just public sector unions, though, that are opposed.Some in the military have also come out againsttheÂ the measure. Air Force Chiefof Staff General Mark A. Welsh III warned at a defense hearing Jan28. that the cuts put the military and Americans at risk.
“The impacts on readiness and modernization outlined abovewould result in an Air Force that, at sequestered levels offunding, cannot successfully execute all Defense Strategic Guidancerequirements,”Â Welsh declared. “We will not have sufficientforce structure to meet the fundamental requirement tosimultaneously Defeat an adversary, Deny a second adversary, andDefend the Homeland.”