Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson, R-Howard, today released the following statement regarding legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives to replace sequestration and calling on the Senate to take action before March 1, 2013, when the indiscriminate, across-the-board cuts go into effect.
"It has been almost 300 days since the House first acted to replace sequestration with targeted reforms that achieve an equivalent level of deficit reduction,” stated Rep. Thompson. “With just 3 days left until the sequester goes into effect, the Democrat-controlled Senate has still failed to pass a replacement bill and the President has offered neither a constructive plan forward nor the necessary leadership to prod the Senate into action.”
Thompson voted to support the Spending Reduction Act of 2012 (H.R. 6684), which passed the House in December 2012. Additionally, the House passed the Sequestration Replacement and Reconciliation Act in May 2012 (H.R. 6684), which Thompson also voted to support.
“The Obama Administration has warned sequestration will hurt the economy and our national security, with Pennsylvania bearing a significant brunt,” Rep. Thompson added. “I know my colleagues from the Keystone State on both sides of the aisle believe there is a smarter approach to reduce spending without disproportionately impacting our constituents. Unfortunately, until the Senate acts the nation remains on this predestined path.”