Both parties say the cuts are abhorrent – but a special committee of 12 lawmakers from both chambers couldn’t find a formula for offsetting the planned reductions. As such, they’re slated to hit the economy come Jan. 1.
When the administration's Office of Management and Budget reports back on the cuts, laying out specifically what the sequester will touch if allowed to go into effect, that will come on the heels of an intense campaign from members in both parties to discuss the cuts over the August recess and their respective party conventions at that month’s end.
Republicans in the Senate are so incensed by the possibility of deep defense cuts that they will be holding a series of town halls across the country in coming weeks to discuss the issue with veterans and military members in key swing states. A trio of GOP senators – John McCain of Arizona, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina – will make stops in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, and New Hampshire on Monday and Tuesday of next week.