Four top Republican congressmen urged President Barack Obama to let the public know exactly how the automatic defense spending cuts slated to begin next year will be carried out.
The quartet consists of Sens. John Thune of South Dakota, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, and Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
A whopping $600 billion will be slashed from the Defense Department’s budget if Congress and the president don’t agree to curb the reductions.
“The Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has stated that the sequestration [automatic spending] cuts ‘would do catastrophic damage to our military and its ability to protect the country,’” the congressmen write on Politico
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“Despite this looming crisis, President Barack Obama and his administration have so far refused to level with the American people about the full impact of these defense cuts — though the cuts are due to take place in slightly more than five months. The White House has given conflicting reports on how the cuts will be implemented, and Congress’ requests for a clear outline of the administration’s plans are unanswered.”
The Republican heavyweights note that the House passed the Sequestration Transparency Act they authored by a near unanimous vote of 414 to two last week. The bill would require the White House to show Congress and the American people details of how the spending cuts will be applied to defense and non-defense programs.
“The bipartisan support for our bill in the House should pave the way for a similarly strong show of support in the Senate, which recently agreed to a similar sequestration report requirement as part of the farm bill,” the congressmen write. “The Senate should immediately join the House in calling on the president to enter the discussion.”
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