GOP Leaders Slam Obama's Sequester Speech

Congressional Republican leaders slammed President Barack Obama's sequester speech Tuesday with only two weeks to go until massive across-the-board spending cuts take effect.
House Speaker John Boehner asked what "spending is the president willing to cut" to keep first responders employed.

"Washington Democrats' newfound concern about the president's sequester is appreciated, but words alone won't avert it," Boehner said in a statement. "Replacing the president's sequester will require a plan to cut spending that will put us on the path to a budget that is balanced in 10 years."

And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Obama proved Tuesday that "more than three months after the November election, President Obama still prefers campaign events to common-sense, bipartisan action."

"Surely the President won't cut funds to first responders when just last year Washington handed out an estimated $115 billion in payments to individuals who weren't even eligible to receive them, or at a time when 11 different government agencies are funding 90 different green energy programs," McConnell said in a statement. "That would be a terrible and entirely unnecessary choice by a President who claims to want bipartisan reform."

Boehner's office declined a POLITICO request to speak to the Ohio Republican. Congress is out of session this week as the sequester deadline looms.

Obama and House Republicans have diametrically different policy prescriptions for solving the automatic cuts that take hold March 1. Boehner wants the package to be solely spending cuts, and Obama prefers a mix of cuts and new tax revenue -- from closing so-called loopholes in the Tax Code.

"We should close loopholes and carve-outs in the Tax Code, but that revenue should be used to lower rates across the board," Boehner said in a statement sent out by his office. "Tax reform is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to boost job creation in America. It should not be squandered to enable more Washington spending. Spending is the problem, spending must be the focus."

SOURCE: JAKE SHERMAN
Politico
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