|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Thu, 08 Dec 1994 16:32:50 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||DEFENSE BUDGET IN-FIGHT|
D.O.D. IN-FIGHT OVER ENVIRONMENTAL BUDGET According to Defense Environmental Alert (special issue, December 8, 1994), the Defense Department Comptroller has proposed significant cuts in Defense environmental programs in fiscal years 1996 and 1997, even before the President submits his budget to Congress. That is, the Comptroller wants to reduce the proposed 1996 program submitted by the Environmental Security office and the armed services ($5,556.7 million) by $294.0 million to $5262.7 million. It wants to cut the already lower outyear (1997) proposal from $5.047.2 million to $4084.7 million, a cut of $242.5 million . The Comptroller says that the initial requests, if submitted to Congress, are likely to again face substantial Congressional cuts. And it claims that DOD is wasting too much money on studies. The Environmental Security office, in response, points out that DOD may be subject to fines and penalties for not requesting the funds necessary to carry out legally required programs. It also says that a greater share of funding is going into cleanup, as opposed to studies, than ever before. Because the amount of money is significant, the dispute has been kicked upstairs. Deputy Secretary of Defense John Deutch is expected to decide between the two offices late in December.
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