By Erik Wasson - 02/05/13 10:13 PM EST
The Progressive Caucus bill gets $960 billion in revenue from ending corporate and individual tax breaks many of which have been floated by the White House or Democratic budget proposals in the past.
It would get nearly half the revenue by imposing a 28 percent cap on the value of deductions and exclusions individuals can use in a year, a proposal Obama put in his last budget. It gets some $161 billion by changing the way corporations claim international tax status. Another $94 billion comes from ending tax breaks for oil and gas companies.
For the Pentagon, the bill would pare back the nuclear arsenal, cut back purchases of F-35 fighter jets, and reduce troop levels by 4 percent, among other things.
Progressives argue that adding their proposal to the spending cuts and tax increases from fiscal deals in Congress since 2011 achieves a one-to-one balance of taxes to spending cuts.