Defense industry group upset ‘fiscal cliff’ wasn’t debated

“Both campaigns have public positions on these issues — this debate was the perfect opportunity to contrast the two positions and offer the American people a choice,” she said. “Regardless of the winner in November’s election, if sequestration isn’t fixed, American citizens will be on the losing end of this poorly conceived idea.”

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The trade group has led a yearlong campaign to try and stop sequestration cuts, which would total $1 trillion over the next decade, including a $500 reduction in Pentagon budgets.

But there has been little movement over fixing the across-the-board cuts in Congress, despite both parties supporting doing away with them.

Sequestration has been wrapped up in the larger fight over taxes and deficit reduction, where the two sides face deep political disagreements.

The cuts take effect Jan. 2, while the Bush tax rates expire on Jan. 1, intertwining the two issues during the lame-duck session that will occur after the election.

Blakey on Wednesday called for ”quick action” in the lame-duck session to address the fiscal-cliff issues.