Key Facts on Sequestration

Randy Forbes
2013-02-22 18:18:13
Send me an email | Forward to a Friend KEY FACTS: CONGRESSMAN FORBES ON SEQUESTRATION Key Facts on Sequestration Virginia will feel the strongest blow of sequestration's arbitrary cuts. 10% of the nationwide job loss will come from the Commonwealth. Over 200,000 individuals could lose their jobs. Civilian furloughs could leave workers with up to 20% pay cuts over 6 months. National security spending has been cut by roughly $800 billion during President Obama's first term - not including sequestration. Sequestration would cut another roughly $480 billion from defense. The Department of Defense, which represents about 20% of the Federal budget, stands to absorb 50% of the cuts from the sequester, while 53% of federal government spending is exempt from sequestration cuts. By exempting over half of the budget from sequestration, defense takes a disproportionate share of the cuts. There is no debate on sequestration's devastating impact on our national defense. In the words of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, sequestration "guarantees that we hollow out the military.” Direct Action: Solutions to Stop Sequestration Solution 1: Enact common-sense spending cuts to replace sequestration Congressman Forbes has supported legislation to replace sequestration with thoughtful and serious spending cuts across the federal government. Read more: H.R.5652 and H.R.6684 Solution 2: Protect defense from sequestration Congressman Forbes has introduced a bill to remove the Department of Defense from sequestration. Read more: H.R.773 Solution 3: Delay costly implementation of the healthcare law to avert sequestration Congressman Forbes cosponsored a bill to delay all provisions of the health care law that are set to take effect in 2014 and 2015 until January 1, 2016, and then use those savings to replace imminent sequestration cuts. Read more: H.R.607 A History of Congressman Forbes' Work to Stop Sequestration Beginning in 2008: 1 of 17 Members of Congress to Vote against Billions in "Stimulus" Spending Congressman Forbes was one 1 of 17 out of 535 Members of Congress to vote against every stimulus bill under Republican and Democrat administrations. Over $1 trillion in stimulus spending has directly put us on the dangerous path we are now on. The cost of just the 2009 stimulus alone, $833 billion plus the interest of over $300 billion is nearly the total amount of cuts under sequestration. July 2011: Launched Strong Defense, Strong America Congressman Forbes launched an initiative called Strong Defense, Strong America to warn about the dangers of slashing defense to pay for stimulus spending. Read some of the key fact sheets authored and circulated by Congressman Forbes in the summer and fall of 2011: Job Losses in Perspective and the Bottom Line for Those that Serve Pawning Security for “Stimulus” Does Defense Manufacturing Matter? Disturbing Trend Lines: A Snapshot of American National Defense Views From Our Military Leaders Analysis of America’s Current Military Readiness August 2011: Voted Against the Budget Control Act Congressman Forbes voted against the Budget Control Act, which set up the process of sequestration. The bill passed the House 269-161 passed the Senate 74-26, and was signed into law by the President on August 2, 2011. Read Congressman Forbes' statement on his vote against the Budget Control Act here. October 2011:­­ ­­­­Introduced Legislation to Highlight Dangers of Sequestration Congressman Forbes introduced and championed the Strong Defense, Strong America Resolution, a bill arguing that further reductions to defense funding will cause significant harm to United States economy and national security. Read the text of the bill here. May 2012: Supported Legislation to Replace Sequester with Alternative Spending Cuts Congressman Forbes supported a plan to replace sequestration with $98 billion in spending cuts recommended by six committees – Agriculture, Energy and Commerce, Financial Services, Judiciary, Oversight and Government Reform, and Ways and Means. These bills passed the U.S. House of Representatives in May (H.R.5652) and December (H.R.6684) of 2012, both with Forbes' support. They remain viable, thoughtful spending reductions that would allow us to stop sequestration without raising taxes and ultimately address the fundamental issue at hand: a serious overspending problem in Washington. May - Sept 2012: Launched Nationwide Listening Sessions on Sequestration Congressman Forbes launched ‘Defending our Defenders,’ a series of 7 listening sessions around the country to discuss the potential for these devastating cuts and to raise awareness for the need for bipartisan solutions to avert sequestration. Defending our Defenders held listening sessions in Virginia, Florida, Illinois, California, Montana, Arkansas, and Missouri.

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 KEY FACTS: CONGRESSMAN FORBES ON SEQUESTRATION

Key Facts on Sequestration

Virginia will feel the strongest blow of sequestration's arbitrary cuts.  10% of the nationwide job loss will come from the Commonwealth.  Over 200,000 individuals could lose their jobs. 

Civilian furloughs could leave workers with up to 20% pay cuts over 6 months.

National security spending has been cut by roughly $800 billion during President Obama's first term - not including sequestration.  Sequestration would cut another roughly $480 billion from defense.  The Department of Defense, which represents about 20% of the Federal budget, stands to absorb 50% of the cuts from the sequester, while 53% of federal government spending is exempt from sequestration cuts.  By exempting over half of the budget from sequestration, defense takes a disproportionate share of the cuts.   

There is no debate on sequestration's devastating impact on our national defense.  In the words of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, sequestration "guarantees that we hollow out the military.”


Direct Action: Solutions to Stop Sequestration

Solution 1: Enact common-sense spending cuts to replace sequestration

Congressman Forbes has supported legislation to replace sequestration with thoughtful and serious spending cuts across the federal government.  Read more:
Solution 2: Protect defense from sequestration
Congressman Forbes has introduced a bill to remove the Department of Defense from sequestration.  Read more:

Solution 3: Delay costly implementation of the healthcare law to avert sequestration
Congressman Forbes cosponsored a bill to delay all provisions of the health care law that are set to take effect in 2014 and 2015 until January 1, 2016, and then use those savings to replace imminent sequestration cuts. Read more:


A History of Congressman Forbes' Work to Stop Sequestration

Beginning in 2008:  1 of 17 Members of Congress to Vote against Billions in "Stimulus" Spending 
Congressman Forbes was one 1 of 17 out of 535 Members of Congress to vote against every stimulus bill under Republican and Democrat administrations.  Over $1 trillion in stimulus spending has directly put us on the dangerous path we are now on.  The cost of just the 2009 stimulus alone, $833 billion plus the interest of over $300 billion is nearly the total amount of cuts under sequestration.


July 2011:
Launched Strong Defense, Strong America
Congressman Forbes launched an initiative called
to warn about the dangers of slashing defense to pay for stimulus spending.  Read some of the key fact sheets authored and circulated by Congressman Forbes in the summer and fall of 2011: 

August 2011: Voted Against the Budget Control Act
Congressman Forbes voted against the Budget Control Act, which set up the process of sequestration.  The bill passed the House
.  Read Congressman Forbes' statement on his vote against the Budget Control Act
October 2011:­­ ­­­­Introduced Legislation to Highlight Dangers of Sequestration
Congressman Forbes introduced and championed the
, a bill arguing that further reductions to defense funding will cause significant harm to United States economy and national security.  Read the text of the bill
May 2012:  Supported Legislation to Replace Sequester with Alternative Spending Cuts
Congressman Forbes supported a plan to replace sequestration with $98 billion in spending cuts recommended by six committees – Agriculture, Energy and Commerce, Financial Services, Judiciary, Oversight and Government Reform, and Ways and Means.  These bills passed the U.S. House of Representatives in May (

May - Sept 2012:
  Launched Nationwide Listening Sessions on Sequestration
Congressman Forbes launched ‘
,’ a series of 7 listening sessions around the country to discuss the potential for these devastating cuts and to raise awareness for the need for bipartisan solutions to avert sequestration.  Defending our Defenders held listening sessions in Virginia, Florida, Illinois, California, Montana, Arkansas, and Missouri.

December 2012: Voted Again to Support Legislation to Replace Sequestration
Congressman Forbes again supported

January 2013: Reconvened his Fort Lee Advisory Board
Congressman Forbes gathered key community leaders and elected officials to discuss plans to position Fort Lee as the installation faces significant cuts as a result of the Budget Control Act and sequestration.  Cuts at Fort Lee will cause significant regional job losses.

January 2013: Visited Six Hampton Roads Shipyards to Discuss Sequestration Impacts
Congressman Forbes visited six Hampton Roads shipyards on January 31st and February 1st to discuss the serious impacts of sequestration on jobs and Navy readiness: BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Norfolk, VA; NASSCO-Earl Industries, Portsmouth, VA; Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News, VA; Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA; Colonna’s Shipyard, Norfolk, VA; MHI Ship Repair & Services, Norfolk, VA. 

February 2013: Pushed to Grant Navy Flexibility in Meeting Key National Security Demands
Congressman Forbes, Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and Congressman Rob Wittman, Chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, sent a

February 2013:  Championed Bipartisan Letter on the Need to Avert Sequestration
Congressman Forbes lead a group of Virginia Senators and Congressmen - Democrats and Republicans – in sending a
"The consequences of a failure to avert sequestration will ripple to all parts of our state economy and lead to a hollow military force and a government unable to adequately respond to the needs of its citizens. We stand ready to work hand-in-hand to negotiate an agreement to avert these cuts that threaten grave consequences for the Commonwealth, our federal government, and our national security."

February 2013: Cosponsored Legislation to Delay Sequestration
Congressman Forbes cosponsored a bill (

February 2013: Introduced Legislation to Protect Defense from Sequestration
Congressman Forbes has introduced a bill (

Ongoing: Congressman Forbes is actively engaging with members of both parties to find bipartisan solutions by working with members of the House and Senate. 

Ongoing: Congressman Forbes is actively meeting with those that will be impacted by these cuts - high ranking uniformed military commanders, Department of Defense senior civilians, defense industry leaders, federal employees, police officers, teachers, health care professionals, and others. 


Folllow Congressman Forbes' Media on Sequestration

USA Today (July 29, 2011) -


Washington Post (November 25, 2011) -


Fox News Channel (May 10, 2012) -


Fox News Channel (May 11, 2012) -


CNN (May 11, 2012) -
Fox Business (May 11, 2012) -

Mike Huckabee Radio (Jun 22, 2012) - Wall Street Journal (July 8, 2012) -

C-SPAN (July 26, 2012) -

Fox News Channel (October 31, 2012) -

Fox News Channel (December 8, 2012) –


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