Sen. Udall helps draft an effort to stop ‘mindless spending cuts’

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins are working on legislation that would give the president great latitude to manage the effects of budget sequestration.

Collins and Udall previously carried legislation aimed at blunting the effects of sequestration on the Federal Aviation Administration, which furloughed air-traffic controllers in response to the 5 percent reduction in the agency’s budget.

The legislation to be introduced next week will allow the administration to avoid what Collins called in a statement “mindless spending cuts that do not distinguish between vital programs and those that should be cut or eliminated.”

The legislation is being drafted to allow the executive branch to propose the best way to administer the budget under the oversight of the House and Senate appropriations committees.

The bipartisan plan “builds on our successful effort to get our airports running smoothly and commerce flowing again,” Udall said in a statement. “Congress showed it can work in a bipartisan fashion on one aspect of sequestration. Now it’s time to go all in and provide flexibility across the entire federal government rather than move from crisis to crisis.”


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