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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) asked auditors to review five different areas of sequestration. The Government Accountability Office will examine the actual sequestration order, as well as the July 31 memo to agencies from the Office of Management and Budget. He also wants GAO to look at any supporting reports, regulations and orders for compliance with the Budget Control Act, the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, and other relevant statutes.
Mitt Romney's vice-presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), was the main architect of a budget plan that would slash federal benefits and would extend the pay freeze.
Congress is demanding more answers about how $1.2 trillion in budget cuts set to take effect in January will be applied across the government. The House Budget Committee Wednesday unanimously approved a bill directing the Obama administration to provide Congress a report that provides specific details about how the spending cuts will affect federal agencies and programs. Meanwhile, the House Armed Services Committee formally requested that the head of the Office of Management and Budget, Jeff Zients, testify before the committee on the "mechanics and impact" of the automatic cuts.
Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Oreg.), both members of the House Budget Committee, reflect on budget talks so far.
Updated April 18, 2011. This story has been corrected to state a three-year freeze instead of a five-year freeze. Comments in the press conference noted a five-year freeze. By Jolie Lee Federal News Radio House…
Acquisition, procurement, and contracting were on the minds of members of the House Budget Committee Wednesday, as Defense Undersecretary Robert Hale answered questions about the FY 2010 request included in President Obama’s budget.