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Winning Issue » SEQUESTER


The 2011 Budget Control Act brought an end to that year’s debt-ceiling crisis which had threatened to lead us into sovereign default. As a solution to that budget impasse, a bipartisan “super committee” would impose future across-the-board budget cuts, called sequestrations, if Congress was unable to agree on cuts themselves. These cuts were enacted in 2013 after lawmaker’s efforts proved unsuccessful. Sequester cuts are evenly divided between defense and non-defense spending and will occur over a 9 year period. These cuts average about 5% and are designed to reduce our long-term debt by $1.1 trillion. About $85 billion will be cut from the federal budget each of these years to reach this goal. Major programs like Social Security, Medicaid, federal pensions and veteran's benefits are exempt. However, the funding of programs for low-income Americans such as Head Start, Meals on Wheels and federal unemployment and housing benefits have been significantly cut, among others. Supporters claim these cuts are “not the end of the world” and will help put our financial house in order. Critics claim it is unfair and unethical to reduce our debt by cutting needed services to our most vulnerable citizens. They say this debt was created by 2 expensive and questionable wars, 2 expensive tax cuts which mostly benefitted the wealthy, a prescription drug benefit program that was unnecessarily generous to our pharmaceutical industry, and a financial meltdown brought on by the greed of those managing our financial institutions. This meltdown erased trillions of dollars in wealth from our middle class, along with much of its purchasing power. They claim the costs of reducing our debt should be borne by those who benefited from these “mistakes,” not the middle class – who are still trying to recover from them. The 2013 Bipartisan Budget Act provided significant relief from these cuts by raising the sequestration caps for 2014 and 2015 - in return for extending these spending caps into 2022 and 2023.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.782 - Cancel the Sequester Act of 2015




Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current sequester policy and wish to defeat H.R.782 - Cancel the Sequester Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support repealing the sequester cuts by amending the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Controlled Act of 1985 (Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act), as amended by the Budget Control Act of 2011, to repeal certain sequestration requirements for enforcement of a specified budget goal, and wish to pass H.R.782 - Cancel the Sequester Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Tom Price (GA) and/or Rep. John Conyers (MI), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support repealing the sequester cuts by amending the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Controlled Act of 1985 (Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act), as amended by the Budget Control Act of 2011, to repeal certain sequestration requirements for enforcement of a specified budget goal, and wish to pass H.R.782 - Cancel the Sequester Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Tom Price (GA) and/or Rep. John Conyers (MI), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
February 13, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
February 26, 2020
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February 20, 2020


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