U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita (IN-4) today voted for H.R. 5872, the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012, which passed the House on a 414-2 vote. Rokita serves on the House Budget Committee, which earlier this month passed the Sequestration Transparency Act on a unanimous vote, and is an original cosponsor of the bill.
The bill would require the president to submit a detailed report to Congress on how his administration would implement the $1.2 trillion budget sequestration cuts scheduled to occur in January 2013, as required by the Budget Control Act.
“Today’s vote is a strong bipartisan statement demanding transparency from the Obama administration. The sequester would require deep cuts in defense spending, but the administration has not yet spelled out what those cuts will look like. As this spending debate continues, the American people, and this Congress, need a detailed outline of the defense cuts the administration would make in implementing the sequester.
“Getting our spending and debt crisis under control is going to require tough decisions.
The American people deserve to know exactly what their options are.
“That’s why, as a member of the House Budget Committee, I helped pass legislation that tackles the true drivers of our debt, entitlements, and clearly spells out what our solutions are. Only when we address the drivers of our debt will we begin to take meaningful steps to pay off the bill we’re leaving for our children and grandchildren,” Rokita said.