Today, Congressman Steve Pearce voted in favor of H.R. 5652, the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012. This legislation stops the across-the-board budget cuts that resulted from the Super Committee's failures in November 2011.
"The failure of the super committee to reach an agreement under the Budget Control Act forces significant cuts to defense at a time when we are fighting two wars and defending American interests," said Pearce. "I will not turn my back on our troops in harm's way. When I served in Vietnam, we faced this type of situation--and we had to face a war without support. I made the commitment to our troops that I would vote to protect them, and I will keep that promise."
"The legislation passed today keeps the promise to our troops while cutting and reforming duplicative or wasteful government programs," Pearce continued. "There is no reason we cannot cut .7% in federal healthcare spending over 10 years. It is also time that federal employees' retirement benefits are brought in line with the private sector. Finally, we can eliminate $4.3 billion a year in tax fraud by closing the loophole which allows child tax credits to those who are ineligible to work in the United States."