Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) released the following statement today after voting in favor of H.R. 5872, the Sequestration Transparency Act:
"The House of Representatives has offered a plan to avoid the devastating cuts to our national defense set to officially take effect next year, but the Senate and the Administration have yet to act," Schilling said. "The House also has repeatedly requested that the Administration be transparent on how it plans to implement these cuts, given its inaction in working to prevent them.
"But the House cannot do it alone. It's time for the Administration and the Senate -- especially the leadership of the Senate -- to step up and lead. This bipartisan bill is the right thing to do to ensure those involved in our national security, men and women in uniform, and community leaders throughout the country are fully informed of the risks of sequestration. We must work together to make sure our national security and these brave men and women are not at risk because of these avoidable cuts to defense."
A study released in June by the National Association of Manufacturers indicates that across-the-board budget cuts to the Department of Defense scheduled to begin in January 2013 would cost approximately 1 million jobs at a time when the nation's unemployment has remained at or above 8 percent for 41 consecutive months. According to the NAM study, Illinois, with its 8.6 percent unemployment rate, is among the top 10 states to be impacted by job losses, with more than 35,400 jobs on the line in the next two years alone.
The Sequestration Transparency Act passed the House today in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 414-2. With the support of Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) the House of Representatives in May passed H.R. 5652, the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act, which would provide mandatory spending cuts to reduce the deficit and replace automatic cuts to discretionary spending in 2013 under the Budget Control Act. It also passed H.R. 4310, the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. To date, the Senate has passed neither.