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Senate Clears Bill Calling for Administration Report on Impact of Sequester

July 27, 2012—The Senate July 25 approved by unanimous consent legislation (H.R. 5872) to require the Obama administration to report on the effects of the automatic budget sequester set to take effect at the beginning of next year.  The legislation, which now goes to the president, would require the administration to specify, within 30 days, how agencies would implement the sequester at the “program, project and activity level” the $109 billion in automatic cuts scheduled for Jan. 2, 2013.

The House passed the bill, introduced by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), by a vote of 414-2 on July 17. The Senate previously approved a related proposal in the form of an amendment to the farm bill (S. 3240) in June [see Washington Highlights, June 22]. However, the Senate bill had requested more detailed reports from the Defense Department, the Office of Management and Budget, and the White House.


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