On Thursday, the House is expected to pass the package, which consists of two bills. But with action on the measure by the Senate unlikely, the House debate is expected be a preview of the parties’ talking points for the end-of-year battle over how — or whether — to undo the sequester.
The package was approved Monday by the House Budget Committee on party line votes.
House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan said during that meeting that the sequester cuts, agreed to in a deal to increase the debt ceiling last year, are inflexible and arbitrary.
“Despite our differences, we again find ourselves in strong bipartisan agreement that the sequester is bad policy and ought to be replaced,” the Wisconsin Republican said. “That’s why this committee and this House passed a responsible budget and why we’re here today to meet our legal and moral obligation to lead.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.