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Senate Farm Bill Requires Reports on Impact of Sequestration

June 22, 2012—The Senate June 21 passed a five-year reauthorization of farm legislation (S. 3240) that includes a bipartisan amendment requiring detailed reports on the effects of the pending budget sequestration on both defense and nondefense discretionary spending. The amendment would require three reports: one from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on the overall budget figures under sequestration; one from the Pentagon on the impact on defense spending; and one from the president explaining how he would implement a sequester and what the effects would be across the board, including nondefense spending.

Senators adopted the amendment by voice vote after Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) agreed to combine their proposals.  Sen. McCain had offered an amendment seeking a report on defense spending while Sen. Murray had countered with a proposal pushing for an analysis of the impact on both defense and nondefense spending.

The Pentagon report would be due Aug. 15, the OMB report would be due within 30 days of enactment, and the president would be required to issue his report within 60 days.

The Budget Control Act (BCA, P.L. 112-25) enacted in August mandated that the deficit reduction “supercommittee” identify $1.2 trillion in federal spending reductions over the next decade or sequestration would be triggered that would reduce defense and nondefense spending each by about $500 billion over 9 years.


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Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559


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