Congressman Joe Wilson released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 6365, The National Security and Job Protection Act:
"Sequestration is a serious threat to our national security and economic recovery. Last May, the House passed the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act with bipartisan support to halt the implementation of the $600 billion defense budget cut by replacing it with common-sense reforms. Unfortunately, the liberal-controlled Senate has refused to take action on this piece of legislation. Additionally, the president has failed to address this issue and submit a report outlining his plans of implementation.
"The passage of today's bill brings sequestration again into the forefront. The lack of leadership shown by the Administration shows that the president is taking a gamble with our economy. If sequestration is not addressed, hundreds of thousands of jobs will be destroyed, potentially enough to increase our unemployment rate by a full percentage point. Our military personnel and capabilities will face a drastic reduction, threatening our Armed Forces ability to defend this nation. With the passage of this legislation, the Administration will be forced to tackle this national security issue, and fulfill its obligation to protect and defend the American people. "