Congress to White House: What’s the Sequestration Plan?

July 18, 2012

The House passed a bill Wednesday requiring the White House to disclose details on how federal agencies will implement mandatory, across-the-board budget cuts if sequestration isn't averted before January.

The bill, approved in a 414-2 vote, would require President Obama to submit a report to Congress within 30 days with details of agencies' sequester plans. The Senate passed similar legislation in June as part of its farm bill.

House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., insisted during debate that the bill was about transparency and not a discussion of the merits of Republican or Democrat ideas about how to avoid sequester.

Still, House Speaker Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio., took the bill's passage as a political victory, saying the information the Obama administration produces "will provide a clear picture of what Democrats' inaction will mean for our men and women in uniform and for all Americans who depend on the freedom and security their countless sacrifices provide." 

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