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House Republicans Have Acted, President Remains AWOL on Sequestration

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. WILSON of South Carolina. Mr. Speaker, defense sequestration is a very real danger that will threaten our national security, put our brave men and women in uniform at risk, and destroy up to 1 million jobs across our country. Sadly, the President avoids action on this extremely important issue.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon has recently been quoted in Politico saying:

We're overdue for guidance from the administration on how they interpret the law and plan to implement sequestration mechanically.

Last May, House Republicans voted to prevent sequestration by passing legislation which replaces these drastic defense cuts while maintaining a strong national defense. Additionally, one week ago today, the House passed the Sequestration Transparency Act with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 414-2, which holds the administration accountable for these cuts. I urge the President and Senate to act before it's too late and hundreds of thousands of hardworking Americans lose their jobs.

In conclusion, God bless our troops, and we will never forget September the 11th in the global war on terrorism.

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