As the clock ticks down to the hundred-day mark before gouging defense and domestic spending cuts are due to take effect, House Republicans are offering the White House a deal: show us your plan to stop sequestration.
A resolution introduced by Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) and passed by the house with a 223-196 partisan margin Thursday evening requires President Barack Obama to submit his own plan to replace the reckless across-the-board cuts in the sequester with more balanced cuts. The bill would also replace money due to be leached from the Defense Department and assess cuts to discretionary spending.
In his legislation, West noted that the sequester, as written, would not only decimate military strength, it would also slash into domestic programs such as Head Start, the National Institutes of Health, and U.S. border patrol.
Republicans have already passed two sequester alternatives: a bill that would achieve the necessary budget cuts through lessening of the federal work force by attrition, and a replacement authored by Wisconsin congressman and Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan that would assess the cuts in entitlement spending instead.
“Mr. President, you’re the commander in chief. Come up with a plan,