The bill, sponsored by Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), would impose $19 billion in discretionary cuts in 2013 and force the president to submit a proposal to replace $55 billion in automatic defense cuts to be implemented in January. It does not address the rest of the $1.2 trillion in cuts triggered by the debt supercommittee’s failure in 2011.
“H.R. 6365, which contains no elements of compromise, fails to replace the entire sequester in FY 2013, fails to eliminate any of the reductions beyond FY 2013, and fails to ask the most fortunate Americans to pay their fair share,” the White House said.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) criticized the White House veto threat shortly after it was issued, saying it fully illustrated how the administration has so far dropped the ball on the sequester.
“We have repeatedly asked the White House to work with us to replace the sequester, meet us halfway or to present a plan,” Cantor said in a statement. “Instead, the White House has failed to take any reasonable and responsible steps to avoid this grave threat to the future of our nation.”