Upton says he sees no way around sequester

House Republicans have insisted that the Senate act first on a bill to replace the sequester. But the bill Senate Democrats are preparing is unlikely to win much GOP support because it proposes $55 billion in new taxes.

The sequester would split an $85 billion cut between defense and non-defense discretionary spending. On Wednesday, the Defense Department said it would handle the cut by furloughing 800,000 civilian employees for 22 days.

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