Issue Report ● *Sequestration
For Immediate Release: 
March 5, 2013

During the first two months of the 113th Congress, Republicans are again proving themselves to be leading a do-nothing Congress. Rather than work toward a solution to avert the irresponsible and reckless spending cuts of the sequester, Republicans have wasted significant time. A look at legislating in the 113th Congress shows that despite ample time, Republicans chose not to prevent sequestration from happening – even though Democrats have proven to be a willing partner to advance bipartisan legislation.

  • In January and February, since the 113th Congress convened, the Republican-led House was in session 17 days out of 57 days.
  • Of those 17 days in session, 8 days were spent on non-controversial suspension bills.
  • Three out of 5 non-suspension bills the House has considered have been stretched over two days, even though debate totaled less than a few hours.
  • Once the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act has been signed into law, 4 bills will have been signed into law in the 113th Congress. The average total ‘yes’ votes for those 4 bills is 168 House Democrats and only 124 House Republicans.


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