When Will Senate Act on Defense Sequester?
In May, the House took an important step forward by passing a reconciliation measure that cut spending, made important reforms, and avoided the harmful defense sequester. We wrote at the time:
House Republicans are trying to set a new tone and demonstrate they are serious and genuinely prepared, come 2013, to make the necessary choices our nation needs.
Indeed, the reconciliation measure – which is essentially a spending reduction plan – takes an important step forward. It seeks to address two pressing problems: the soaring cost of entitlement spending and the arbitrary defense cuts mandated by the so-called Budget Control Act.
House Republicans deserve credit for beginning a serious conversation on spending, welfare reform and defense. Despite the spin and antics from the left and hostile media outlets, Heritage Action maintains that good policy is indeed good politics. Our nation is fast approaching a point of no return, and Americans will respond positively to serious leaders who put forth bold ideas.
Not surprisingly, the U.S. Senate has not taken up the measure. Representatives Brian Bilbray (R-CA), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Pete Olson (R-TX) have had enough. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), they write:
To that end, we simply request that you schedule an immediate vote on this [the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012] valuable solution or produce a Senate legislative strategy so that we may work together to stave off this unacceptable cut to our national security.
As we have noted before, all of this is by design. Last summer’s Budget Control Act was intended to put national security conservatives in a position where they’re told to choose between protecting America and increasing taxes on hardworking Americans. We applaud Reps. Bilbray, McMorris Rodgers and Olson for calling attention to Senator Reid’s continued inaction on one of our nation’s most pressing priorities.