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February 16, 2013

GOP uses Saturday address to rail against sequester

Republicans used their Saturday address to rail against Democrats and the looming sequester--even though Congress has gone home for a 10-day Presidents Day recess and won't return until Feb; 25.

$85 billion in automatic, across the board cuts are scheduled to go into effect March 1 unless an alternative is adopted.

Prospects look dim, and Saturday, Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., reiterated the Republican position in the weekly address.

"There is a smarter way to reduce the size of government than to slash defense spending, threaten national security and hurt military families.  In fact, the Republican-led House has already voted twice to replace the president’s sequester with targeted spending cuts based on real budget priorities," she said.

"Unfortunately, the Democratic-run Senate never acted on either bill.  And, as the clock is ticking towards his devastating sequester, the President has failed to put forward a plan to prevent it.  Why?  Because President Obama and Senate Democrats see his sequester as an opportunity to push through another tax increase.  If you’re feeling a sense of déjà vu, you’re not alone.  After all, the ink has barely dried on the tax hikes the president pushed through in January."

To see the entire address: http://www.gop.gov/media#v-470D2X_oJbc


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