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Senate, House Dems Introduce Sequester Replacement Bills


Senate Republicans are expected to unanimously oppose the legislation, demanding that the sequester be paid down with domestic spending cuts alone.

But as March 1 approaches, the pressure will build on both parties to reach an agreement to at least delay, if not fully repeal or replace the sequester. And to direct some of that pressure on to House Republicans, House Dems today introduced similar legislation to pay down the sequester, tilted more heavily toward new tax revenues than spending cuts. The House bill would wipe out about 10 percent of the sequester by implementing the Buffett rule, repealing subsidies for big oil and gas companies, and cutting farm subsidies.

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