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Hall votes for budget sequester transparency

HALL VOTES FOR BUDGET SEQUESTER TRANSPARENCY

Yesterday, Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) voted in favor of H.R. 5872, the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012. The bill, which passed 414-2, requires the President to provide a detailed report to Congress explaining how his Administration plans to implement the budget sequestration cuts under the Budget Control Act.

"During last year's budget negotiations, Republicans and Democrats debated raising the debt ceiling and making much-needed budget cuts," said Hall. "I hoped for a bill that would make significant spending cuts exceeding any debt limit increase, but would not compromise on the demands of my District."

"When the House voted to pass the Budget Control Act and increase the debt limit, I voted 'no.' I was strongly opposed to the creation of a Joint Select Committee responsible for coming up with spending cuts. I did not want to defer a decision so important to a group who had no direct accountability with the American people.

"When the Joint Select Committee failed to agree on spending cuts by the February deadline this year, an automatic sequester was set in motion to take place in 2013. This sequester puts Defense funding at serious risks, which could endanger our troops and our national security.

"The President needs to be upfront with the American people about how he plans to manage the budget sequestration cuts, both with defense and non-defense spending. Defense should not be disproportionately penalized in budget cuts while the President's pork barrel programs are shown favoritism. Our troops deserve better. Today's bill holds the Administration accountable and enforces transparency.

"While H.R. 5872 is important, my primary goal is to replace the sequester with focused spending cuts and reforms - as proposed in the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act passed in April. We cannot create jobs and strengthen the economy by spending more money."