Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey commending the Budget Conference Committee on its hard work and urging passage of both the budget deal and the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014.
Arlington, Va. – AIA applauds the hard work of the Budget negotiators and commends them for reaching an agreement that will help to reduce the negative impacts of sequestration. While a broader budget deal that would have eliminated sequestration altogether would have been ideal, we recognize the significant efforts that went into reaching this agreement for the next two years. We are also pleased that not only will this provide some sequestration relief, allowing at least some essential programs to go forward, it will also allow the appropriations process to proceed and develop a real budget for the remainder of this fiscal year and next so that a long term CR is not necessary.
We remain deeply concerned about the consequences of sequestration. The effects are evident across the defense industrial base and impact our ability to support America's national security needs today and in the future. As such, we look forward to continuing to work with Congress and the administration over the next few years to seek a broader budget deal that will completely eliminate sequestration.
Furthermore, it is very important that Congress pass the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 before they depart for the holiday recess. There are a number of critical items which will impact our service members and their readiness to ensure our national security.