U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) is cosponsoring an amendment that will give federal agencies the flexibility they claim they don't have to provide vital services, such as meat inspections, control tower operations and border security. The amendment applies the same standards used during occurrences of inclement weather or other government shutdowns to the sequestration cuts for each agency.
The amendment, introduced by Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and cosponsored by Senator Risch, is also cosponsored by Senators Mike Enzi, (Wyo.), Deb Fischer (Neb.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Mike Johanns (Neb.) and Roger Wicker (Miss.).
"When governors of either party are faced with a fiscal shortfall in their state, they work to mitigate the budget cuts from impacting the most essential services," said Risch. "They do not look for ways to make it harder on their citizens. This amendment will take away the excuse by agencies that they do not have the flexibility to deal with the modest slowdown in spending required by sequestration."
"We should do everything we can to protect Americans' safety and private sector jobs, and this amendment will allow us to put the American people first," said Blunt. "Government spending has grown 19 percent in four years and the federal debt has skyrocketed to more than $16.7 trillion. We can find ways to implement 2.4 percent in spending cuts without compromising private sector job creation or national security."