Sequestration Resource Kit


Status of Legislation

Passed by the House:
H.R. 5652 - Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012

H.R. 6684 - Spending Reduction Act of 2012

H.R. 6365 - National Security and Jobs Protection Act 

H.R. 5872 - Sequestration Transparency Act
**Signed by the President into law on August 7, 2012

Other bills introduced:

H.R. 3662 
 - House Down Payment to Protect National Security Act

S. 2065 - Senate Down Payment to Protect National Security Act


  • H.R. 3662 - Bill Text

    H.R. 3662, the Down Payment to Protect National Security Act, is legislation introduced by Armed Services Committee Chairman, Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon. The bill pays for one year of sequestration (defense and non-defese). It is fully offset with sensible cuts. (HR 3662 Bill Text.pdf - 135.4 KBs)
  • H.R. 3662 - Fact Sheet

    (Down Payment to Protect National Security Act Fact Sheet.pdf - 147.1 KBs)
  • AIA Commends Effort to Modify Sequestration

    (AIA Statement on Sequestration Bills.pdf - 19.1 KBs)
  • S. 2065 - Bill Text

    S. 2065, the Down Payment to Protect National Security Act, is the Senate companion to H.R. 3662 introduced by Senators Kyl, McCain, Graham, Cornyn, Ayotte, and Rubio. Like the House version, the Senate bill pays for one full year of sequestration. The bill has a slightly different offset. (S. 2065 Bill Text.pdf - 134.3 KBs)
  • S. 2065 - Fact Sheet

    (Senators Introduce Sequestration Fix.pdf - 132.8 KBs)
  • Heritage Foundation Praises Senate Bill to Avert Sequestration

    (Heritage Memo Supporting Senate Sequestration Fix.pdf - 1.8 MBs)
  • House Budget Resolution - Reprioritizing Sequester Savings

    The House-passed Budget Resolution initiates a “reconciliation” process, whereby certain House Committees would propose changes to current mandatory spending programs in order to generate a specified amount of savings. The savings generated from these reforms to mandatory programs would first be used to offset the cost (approximately $78 billion)[1] of replacing the automatic across-the-board discretionary spending cuts that are scheduled to occur on January 2, 2013, under what is known as sequestration. The additional savings achieved through reconciliation beyond the $78 billion (over $180 billion in the next ten years) would further reduce the deficit. (Reprioritizing Sequester Savings -- Budget Committee.pdf - 223.3 KBs)
  • House Budget Resolution - Defense Fact Sheet

    (Providing for the Common Defense - Budget Committee.pdf - 103.6 KBs)
  • AEI, Heritage, and FPI Support House Budget on Defense

    (Ryan Budget Protects Defense.pdf - 22.7 KBs)

Best of News Stories

Study: Across-the-board defense cuts could cost 1 million jobs
Washington Post

Defense industry sounds alarm on sequestration

Sequester Layoffs Could Sway Elections in Battleground States
Human Events

Budget sequestration would be a dagger to defense
By Robert J. Samuelson, 03/04/2012 
Washington Post  

China Meets American Defense Cuts with Steep Increases
Washington Post, 03/04/2012 

Ryan's Budget Protects Defense
By Arthur Brooks, Edwin Feulner and William Kristol
Wall Street Journal 

A Path to Security
Thomas Donnelly, Gary J. Schmitt 
The Weekly Standard 

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