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House Votes to Change Budget Agreement

Posted Date: 
May 21, 2012
Paul Beddoe & Marilina Sanz, NACo Associate Legislative Directors

The House of Representatives passed the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act (H.R. 5652) May 10 by a 218–199 vote.

The bill cancels the Jan. 2, 2013 automatic across-the-board cuts (known as sequestration) in discretionary programs included in last year’s Budget Control Act (BCA) deal. It also incorporates approximately $300 billion in mandatory program cuts known as reconciliation. The Senate is not expected to take up the House bill, leaving the decision on whether to change the sequester requirement to the post-election lame duck session.

Under H.R. 5652, there would not be separate specified limits for defense and non-defense programs. However, the budget resolution that passed the House March 29 shows that the intent was to cut non-defense discretionary programs by a lesser amount than if the sequester were in place ($27.3 billion rather than $37.2 billion) and increase defense spending by $8.2 billion above the BCA deal.

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