Spending cuts to hurt homeland security
February 13th, 2013
06:59 PM ET
1 year ago

Spending cuts to hurt homeland security

New York (CNNMoney) – The $85 billion in spending reductions looming over the federal government will cut into the nation's homeland security department and affect how it carries out vital missions, a top Obama administration official warned Wednesday.

"Sequestration would roll back border security, increase wait times at our nation's land ports of entry and airports, affect aviation and maritime safety and security, leave critical infrastructure vulnerable to attacks, hamper disaster response time ... and significantly scale back cyber security infrastructure protections," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wrote in a letter to lawmakers.

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  1. PaulG

    Homeland Security is beginning to sound like a standing army, so this might not be a bad thing.

    February 13, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    Tell to GOP idiots that spent on WARS.

    February 13, 2013 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Guess they will just have to make do...........now won't they? the Guy in the WH decides what gets money and what doesn't. Obviously he has his own priorities, that the rest of us would not agree with.

    February 13, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. Solomon Walker

    Sod off, Janet.
    We do not need you.
    Our United States Armed Forces are sufficient to defend this nation.
    I'm fed up with your police state that is threatening national security for my grandchildren by officers that are intimidating, making fabricated arrests against innocent civilians just to fill up jails to bring heads in for municipal or county profits.

    Go to a third world country if you must commit domestic terror against your own fellow civilians. Let us alone. Other than outright civil war – I do not think your officers could possibly do more to damage this country.

    February 13, 2013 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  5. Bill from GA

    Doesn't matter, as long as the repubs can convince their minions that it's Obama's fault!

    February 13, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    These cuts that are done with an axe were stupid in the first place.

    February 13, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  7. Name lynn

    Obama is not cutting where its hurts people, please lets nice when its come to obama,

    February 13, 2013 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  8. Ray Dennis

    I cant believe they would cut monie for this i mean come on we dont need another 911 in the U.S.A this is just crazy first they want to take our rite to bare arms away and now they want to take monie from our security idk... what the goverment is thinking its like they want us to be attacked or somethin our forfathers gave us the rite to bare arms to protect ourselfs from forghn and domestic attacks we pay the goverment to keep us safe and protected not to make us deffencless i think we should fire all of them get some real americans in office and start makeing some serious changes and futhuer more put our damn footdown with the world bring our jobs home where they belong this is not a peacefull world we live in as much as we like to think that we wont be attacked and our country wont never be a third world country if we the people of the united states of america and our soilders dont stepp up and make changes to our goverment we will be destrode by ourself lets make cuts on the world and take care of ourse

    February 14, 2013 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  9. J.V.Hodgson

    I"ll repeat something I have said before when Republicans say no more taxes. As far as I understand our language that means leave them alone but no they say Ok to tax reform... but they dont mean reform they mean tax reduction. Now like it or not initially probably 2 years that increases the budget deficit and debt. QED then you need much higher than $1.2bn in savings, and thy cant agree on that for the last 2+ years!!??
    So my idea is stand them on thier heels cut corportae taxes over 3 years from 35 % to 28% in stages this is paid for by closing loopholes and taking away tax breaks. Its self funding per Bush II research. My idea is the Increased tax revenue over 3 years is spent on infrastructure and education/ research to stimulate the economy.
    That stimulus and tax reduction helps gop small busineess owners and per GOP = creates jobs, increases consumer spending, and also note taxes state ( sales tax) and federal levels ( more income tax)= plus GDP growth, the natural effect of which is to reduce the budget deficit and debt need.
    How deaf are Republicans when every economist tells them that pure spending cuts increase unemployment and damage the economy, and yet its the mantra they continue to put out.
    Some spending cuts are needed like $250bn from defense ... GOP proposed that; and Obama said in SOTU he would match that but wanted a budget that included the Bowles simpson tax aspects almost as noted above.
    The PS is the CBO says 2012/2013 budget deficit will be around $850bn. Face it GOP Obama's solutions are working. Get on board in the interests of the nation, and get the good Ole USA a 3% plus growth of GDP p.a. thats the biggest fixer of the debt crisis because that means lower unemployment is occurring. Less spending on unemployment benefits and food stamps
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    February 14, 2013 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  10. Guest

    Actually Napolitano, since your department isnt enforcing federal laws on illegal immigation the reduced funding shouldnt change much at all.

    February 14, 2013 06:37 am at 6:37 am |