Congressman Heck Statement on the Sequester and Transfer Authority Legislation
WASHINGTON - With just a few days before the March 1 sequester deadline, Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today released the following statement after co-sponsoring legislation (the Sequestration Flexibility Act, H.R. 816) to allow the head of any department or agency to transfer funds within that agency in order to lessen the effect of sequestration. This "transfer authority" would give federal agencies the flexibility to cut wasteful, lower priority programs as opposed to suffering the negative effects of across-the-board cuts.
"I am disappointed but not entirely surprised that sequester implementation appears inevitable at this point. The House has acted twice to replace the harmful sequester cuts with targeted spending reductions, but it is clear that the President would rather make campaign speeches than tackle this issue. Everyone agrees that the indiscriminate nature of the cuts would be harmful for hardworking Nevada families, the economy, and our nation's military so it is imperative that we take action to give agencies the flexibility to lessen the damaging effects of the President's sequester."