Today, Tim Kaine released the following statement in response to the Senate's passage of the Sequestration Transparency Act:
"I commend members of both parties for coming together to pass this necessary transparency measure to allow all stakeholders, including our military and defense contractors, to prepare for possible sequestration cuts and to give the American people a clear understanding of what is at stake should Congress default on its responsibilities. I continue to believe these cuts should be avoided at all costs, but we cannot afford to keep Virginia's defense community in the dark.
"I hope this bipartisan cooperation will lead to a deficit reduction strategy that balances significant cuts with revenues to protect priorities like defense from harmful across-the-board cuts like the ones George Allen advocates. A balanced approach is the only way we can make the necessary investments to strengthen our economy and continue our commitment to a strong national defense."