House Budget approves bill turning off sequester

The replacement bill contains recommendations from six other House committees. These provisions were not altered by House Budget in any way.

The cuts come largely from federal worker benefits, food stamps, Medicaid, Social Security block grants, and cuts to President Obama’s signature health and financial reform initiatives.

Defense spending, which was to see half of the automatic cuts, is spared from reductions in the bill. Democrats offered motions and amendments, all of which were defeated, proposing to replace cuts to social programs with tax increases on oil companies and companies that send jobs overseas.

The full House is expected to vote on the two GOP bills this week. They face no chance of approval in the Democratic controlled Senate but the spending cut ideas will likely figure in lame-duck negotiations when Congress will be rushing to try to stop the Jan. 2 cuts.


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