Political Briefing for the Week of July 30, 2012
Share Your Feedback on 2012 GOP Platform Web Site
The GOP Platform Committee wants to know how you feel about important policy issues and is inviting Republicans to visit a new web site to share and propose ideas, and supply constructive feedback. www.gopplatform2012.com
Representative Diane Black: A Woman of Firsts
As a group of women who strive to "increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government," we wanted to make you aware of a recent article in The Hill featuring U.S. Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) as its "Member of the Week."
Rep. Black's background as a nurse and state legislator who fought to roll back TennCare, a pilot program for universal healthcare, prepared her well for the fight to repeal Obamacare in the U.S. Congress.
In fact, she is the only freshman member in the 112th Congress to have a bill signed into law that repeals a portion of Obamacare. Her bill – H.R. 2576 – closed a loophole in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, saving taxpayers $13 billion.
Rep. Black has said about her bill: "This is just the start. I will not rest until Obamacare is fully repealed." Additionally, Rep. Black has voted two dozen times to repeal Obamacare and 26 times to defund Obamacare.
To learn more about Rep. Black and her work as a strong, conservative female in Congress, visit www.black.house.gov, and read The Hill article, Rep. Black's Healthcare Prescription Doesn't Include the Government.
Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Transparency Act of 2012
Under the past Budget Control Act, the spending authority of many federal departments and agencies will be automatically reduced on January 2, 2013, in order to comply with spending reductions required by the Budget Control Act between fiscal years 2013 through 2021.
The required reductions amount to roughly $984 billion to be spread evenly over nine years, or $109.3 billion per year. Half of the cuts will come from defense spending and the other half will come from non-defense categories.
Various officials have noted that the automatic cuts to defense and other spending would be devastating. Automatic cuts on January 2, 2013, referred to as "sequestration," will result in a 10 percent reduction in key Department of Defense programs.
While there appears to be bipartisan agreement that deficit reduction should be achieved through means other than "sequestration," only House Republicans are advancing responsible solutions to achieve the cuts in spending. House Republicans have passed legislation to replace these cuts with common-sense reforms, but the Democrat-controlled Senate and the White House have shown no interest in working with Republicans to replace these pending arbitrary cuts.
According to analysis by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the January 2, 2013, full implementation of the defense sequester would have a negative dramatic impact on our nation's ability to defend itself. Secretary Panetta points out that the sequestration's total cut will rise to approximately $1 trillion. Rough estimates show that after 10 years of these automatic cuts, the U.S. would have the smallest ground force since 1940, the smallest number of ships since 1915, and the smallest Air Force in the nation's history.
The White House has refused to provide basic details about the extent of the arbitrary, across-the-board cuts required by the sequester. The American people deserve an open and transparent process when it comes to how their hard-earned money is spent. U.S. Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) said, "Only a handful of legislative days remain to resolve the devastating cuts to our military, known as sequestration."
The Republican Sequester Transparency Act insures that the public will fully understand the details of the impact of the sequester, before it is too late.