Defense firms to Congress: Sequester is "crippling"

11/4/2013 | (Alabama)

The defense industry is urging lawmakers on the bicameral budget committee to drop sequestration cuts as part of any deal they reach, calling the effects of the cuts "crippling." "Until we end sequestration, our ability to maintain and expand small businesses - which serve as the main generator of jobs - will continue to erode," said a letter signed by Aerospace Industries Association Chairman Wes Bush of Northrop Grumman and Vice Chairman Mike Strianese of L-3 Communications, along with AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey. "Even more importantly, (the sequester) negatively impact the one things that makes it all possible -- our national security."

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