On March 1, 2013 arbitrary cuts in federal spending known as "Sequestration" proposed by President Obama will take effect. By law, sequestration imposes across the board cuts to federal discretionary spending accounts by nearly 10%. Those accounts include the Department of Defense and other key domestic discretionary programs. When President Obama requested another blank check from Congress to spend more money we didn’t have, while slashing our national security, I voted against it. I knew we would be right where we are today – trillions more in debt, thousands of jobs at risk at Wright-Patt, and no leadership on solving our government’s long-term spending problem.
In the summer of 2011 the president requested an increase to the federal debt limit. In response, Congress passed, without my support, and the president signed into law the Budget Control Act of 2011. This law established a supercommittee to find further cuts to federal spending. As a stipulation to the BCA, if the supercommittee failed to reach agreement by November of 2011 federal accounts would be subject to automatic across the board spending cuts or sequestration. Sequestration by law amounts to $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts over a ten year budget period, with nearly $85 billion slated to take effect this year.
My Work to Avert Sequestration
Voted NO: Budget Control Act 2011 - Authorizes Sequestration
Votes YES: H.R. 5652 Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012 - Replaces Sequestration
Voted YES: H.R. 6365 National Security & Job Protection Act - Replaces Sequestration
Voted YES: H.R. 6684 Spending Reduction Act - Replaces Sequestration
Voted YES: Rigell Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Bill - Replaces Sequestration
Introduced: Down Payment to Protect National Security Act of 2013 - Replaces Sequestration
Cole (R-OK), Kilmer (D-WA), McCarthy (R-CA), Bishop (R-UT), Jones (R-NC), Loebsack (D-IA), McCollum (D-MN), Austin Scott (R-GA) - Amendment No. 42 - Provides that none of the funds appropriated by this Act shall be available to implement a furlough of Department of Defense federal employees who are paid from the Working Capital Fund (WCF) Account, which is a revolving fund and does not receive direct funding from Congressional appropriations to finance its operations. Adopted by voice vote.
Lamborn (R-CO), O'Rourke (D-TX), Barrow (D-GA), Jenkins (R-KS) – Amendment No. 53 -Prohibits the use of funds to implement sequestration-related furloughs of civilian Department of Defense employees. Adopted by voice vote.
Palazzo (R-MS), Nugent (R-FL) – Amendment No. 57 - Prevents any funds from being used to plan for or carryout furloughs of Dual Status Military Technicians.Adopted by voice vote.
Get The Facts
- Turner Statement on FY14 DOD Civilian Furlough Relief
- Turner Calls On President to Show Leadership on Sequestration
- Turner Questions Joint Chiefs on Impacts of Sequestration
- Turner: President’s Gamble with National Security is a Losing Bet
- Turner Statement on Failure of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction
- National Security Cuts a Cause for Concern in Final Debt Deal