Speaker Boehner Statement on White House ‘Sequester’ Report

WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement today after the White House released a report mandated by Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling’s (R-TX) Sequestration Transparency Act:

“This report confirms that the president’s ‘sequester’ is a serious threat to our national security and must be replaced.  The House passed a bill in May that replaces the president’s dangerous defense sequester with common-sense spending cuts and reforms, protecting our troops and reducing our deficit by another $243 billion.  But with only a few months before they’re scheduled to go into effect, President Obama and Senate Democrats have taken no action whatsoever to avert these cuts.  It is neither credible nor conscionable that our Commander-in-Chief would point to his budget – which received zero votes in both the House and Senate – as a legitimate plan to stop these dangerous defense cuts.”

NOTE: The president’s budget, referred to in this report, received zero votes in the U.S. House and Senate.  Yesterday, the House passed the National Security and Job Protection Act (H.R. 6365), legislation by Rep. Allen West (R-FL) requiring President Obama to submit a plan by October 15 for replacing his ‘sequester’ that’s required to be ordered for January 2, 2013.  You can see Speaker Boehner’s statement on that legislation here and learn more about the House-passed bill replacing the Obama ‘sequester’ here.

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