On 13 September 2012, the House of Representatives passed a Republican-backed bill to address the $55 billion in defense cuts set to take effect in January under current law. HR 6365 would require President Obama to produce a plan to replace the defense cuts that are part of sequestration with other spending reductions. Specifically, revenues would not be allowed to increase. This would likely mean that spending on non-defense discretionary programs, such as research, national parks, transportation, and health, would be cut even further than the 8.2 percent reduction required by the Budget Control Act.

Democrats panned the legislation, instead calling for a balanced approach that cuts spending while also increasing revenues. The Senate is not expected to take up HR 6365.

 


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