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Carl Levin Forecasts Bipartisan Effort to Pass Sequestration-Replacement Bill

Sen.Carl Levin
Sen.Carl Levin

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, has predicted a future “coming together” of both parties to reduce the impacts of sequestration on the military and the defense industry, Defense News reported Thursday.

John Bennett writes that lawmakers are looking into alternatives in reducing the deficit, such as tax code reforms for corporations and a potential bill that could pass by the end of the year.

“[The] forces that [should] compel an alternative to sequestration are so strong, and the impacts of sequestration are so great, that something has to happen,” Levin said.

However, the report said that due to the midterm elections in November, lawmakers could have little time to pass a bill that addresses the sequestration.

Industry observer Stan Collender recently wrote on Forbes.com that Congress could pass, at most, two of 12 appropriations bill by the beginning of the next fiscal year, Bennett notes.

“That means it’s not just an overwhelming likelihood that a continuing resolution will be needed to keep federal agencies operating and prevent the government from shutting down,” Collender stated in the article.

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