SENATE CHOOSES NOT TO VOTE ON SEQUESTRATION REPEAL - September 15, 2017
Senate Skips Vote on Repealing Sequestration
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
The Senate on Thursday failed to come to an agreement to vote on an amendment to roll back sequestration, despite pleas from Republicans to undo the spending caps that inhibit defense and non-defense spending.
Republicans pointed the finger at their Democratic colleagues for preventing the amendment from coming to a vote. Democrats have for years fought against the limits on spending created by the 2011 Budget Control Act, but declined the opportunity to repeal that law as an a part of the 2018 annual defense authorization bill. The amendment by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., would have provided a funding boost for both defense and non-defense parts of discretionary spending. Congress reached two separate agreements to partially raise the caps in fiscal years 2014 through 2017, but their full weight is scheduled to kick back in after the expiration of the stopgap measure Trump signed into law last week.