Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) released the following statement in support of H.R. 5872, the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012. This bipartisan legislation would require the Administration submit a report to Congress detailing how the Administration plans to implement the budget sequestration cuts required to take effect in January, should Senate leadership continue not to vote on the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012 that the House passed in April.
"Ultimately I hope to see the sequester replaced with a series of focused spending reductions and reforms before January 2013 and the Sequestration Transparency Act is rendered unnecessary," said Aderholt. "However, if Senate leadership continues to ignore the grave warnings regarding how sequestration could weaken our national security, it is critical the Administration submit a detailed plan on how and where these cuts will be implemented. American taxpayers, our nation's military and businesses deserve to know the effects of sequestration, and seeing such effects might motivate the Senate and some House Members to make reasonable cuts to avoid the downgrading of our national security."
Aderholt currently serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security for the powerful House Appropriations Committee, is a member of the Committee's Commerce, Justice and Science; and Agriculture Subcommittees, and also serves on the Helsinki Commission.