Rep. McKinley Votes for Presidential Accountability in Mandatory Spending Cuts


Date: July 20, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

Rep. David B. McKinley (R-W.Va.) joined an overwhelming majority of his House colleges in voting for the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012.

"The across-the-board cuts to our nation's military will have a devastating effect on our national defense," said Rep. McKinley. "Military families and the American people deserve to know exactly how these arbitrary and damaging cuts will take place."

"Since November of last year, we have been waiting on the President to let Congress know which programs he intends on cutting and how much he will cut them," said Rep. McKinley.

By January 1, 2013, the President must reduce federal spending by $1.2 trillion dollars, $600 billion of which comes from national defense. This looming challenge still has an uncertain impact.

"The net effect will be 1.5 million in civilian jobs lost, 200,000 fewer troops and a naval force equivalent to what America had in World War I," said Rep. McKinley.

This legislation would require the President to submit a report to Congress within 30 days that includes an estimate of spending cuts and the amounts necessary to achieve the required reduction for each category. The Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 (H.R. 5872) would also require the report to identify each account that is being cut and provide estimates of the level of budgetary resources subject to reduction.

"From the beginning, this administration promised the American people it would become the most transparent of any Presidency," said Rep. McKinley. "So far, that has not been the case. During this critical time of planning for our nation's economic future, we need to be as upfront with the American people on what programs and areas are going to be effected."