Roby joined House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor(R-VA), Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rogers(R-WA), Conference Vice Chair Lynn Jenkins(R-KS) and Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-IL) at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.
"There is a smarter way to reduce the size of government than to slash defense spending, threatening our national security and hurting military families," said Rep. Roby, who voted against the August 2011 Budget Control Act that included the President's sequestration plan.
Roby, in a statement, said the House has twice passed plans to replace the military sequestration cuts with "targeted, reasonable reductions in spending based on budget priorities". But, she says, the Senate never acted on those bills, and President Obama has not offered a plan.
The GOP leaders called on the White House and the Senate to join House efforts to find commonsense alternatives to sequestration before it is too late.
Under the Budget Control Act, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction was formed to find a way to reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion. A White House-proposed provision in the law triggered automatic $1.2 trillion in cuts, half of which would come from military spending, in the event the Committee could not reach a solution that passed both houses of Congress.
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