Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) says efforts by Congress to avoid the looming automatic budget cuts, which will require a $109 billion reduction in 2013 spending, shows that sequestration was always a "phony plan" to justify raising the debt ceiling last year.
The sequester was created by last year's Budget Control Act as an incentive to push a bipartisan "supercommittee" to agree on a plan for reducing the budget deficit. Under the law, that committee's failure triggered $1.2 trillion in across-the-board cuts over the next decade, set to begin in January.
Both parties have expressed an interest in avoiding those cuts — particularly defense cuts that even the Obama administration has said would hurt the Department of Defense.
But according to the Michigan Radio report, both Amash and Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.) said defense cuts should be part of the plan. Huizenga said he plans to examine a report from the Obama administration on how it would implement the cuts in 2013.
"I think there's a higher probability that that brings a dose of reality to what it looks like," he said. "But now some of it may be the right thing to do moving forward."