IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 23, 2012
Mr. Thune (for himself, Mr. Sessions, Mr. McConnell, Ms. Ayotte, Mr. Roberts, Mr. Wicker, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Barrasso, Mr. Coats, Mr. Inhofe, Ms. Murkowski, Mr. Cochran, Mr. Johnson of Wisconsin, Mr. Vitter, Mr. DeMint, Mr. Toomey, Mr. Grassley, Mr. Isakson, Mr. Johanns, Mr. Chambliss, Mr. Graham, Mr. Burr, Mr. Coburn, Mr. Risch, Mr. Blunt, Mr. Paul, Mr. Moran, Mr. Cornyn, Mr. Hatch, and Mr. Enzi) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Budget
To require the President to provide a report detailing the sequester required by the Budget Control Act of 2011 on January 2, 2013.
This Act may be cited as the
Sequestration Transparency Act of
On July 9, 2012, the President shall submit to Congress a detailed report on the sequestration required to be ordered by paragraphs (7)(A) and (8) of section 251A of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (2 U.S.C. 901a) for fiscal year 2013 on January 2, 2013.
Contents of report
The report required by subsection (a) shall include—
for discretionary appropriations—
an estimate for each category of the sequestration percentages and amounts necessary to achieve the required reduction; and
for accounts that are funded pursuant to an enacted regular appropriation bill for fiscal year 2013, an identification of each account to be sequestered and estimates of the level of sequestrable budgetary resources and resulting outlay reductions at the program, project and activity level based upon the enacted level of appropriations; and
for accounts that have not been funded pursuant to an enacted regular appropriation bill for fiscal year 2013, an identification of each account to be sequestered and estimates of the level of sequestrable budgetary resources and resulting outlay reductions at the program, project and activity level based upon the level of appropriations that would be available under a current rate continuing resolution;
for direct spending—
an estimate for the defense and nondefense functions based on current law of the sequestration percentages and amount necessary to achieve the required reduction;
an identification of the reductions required for each nonexempt direct spending account at the program, project, and activity level; and
an identification of exempt direct spending accounts at the program, project, and activity level; and
any other data and explanations that enhance public understanding of the sequester and actions to be taken under it.