While Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has been warning about the consequences of triggering automatic cuts in the defense budget, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is raising eyebrows for being low-key on any such impact on her department. The deadline for the congressional “super committee” to reach agreement on budget cuts is next Friday, November 23.
“While there has been much discussion of how the Department of Defense will be adversely affected,” writes Jessica Herrera-Flanigan on Homeland Security Watch, “there seems to have been little publicly on how the Department of Homeland Security, also facing significant cuts, will fare. We have not seen Secretary Janet Napolitano out discussing how homeland security will be affected or think-tanks, experts, or others coming to the agency’s defense. Even Governors and local officials seem to be muted in their warnings.”
So we’re in yet another spell of federal budgetary brinksmanship.