Skip to comments.GOP standing firm on sequester
Posted on 10/13/2013 12:19:27 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Rolling back the automatic budget cuts known as the "sequester" has emerged as a critical sticking point in the negotiations to reopen the government and avoid default.
Democrats don't want to lock in 2014 government funding at the reduced level required by the sequester, but Republicans refuse to increase spending and say Democrats are overplaying their hand.
The dispute has been how to undo the sequester, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on "Face the Nation" on CBS on Sunday, explaining that Democrats want a mix of entitlement reforms and revenue increases.
But Republican lawmakers on the Sunday talk shows vowed not to budge on the sequester budget cuts. The second round of those indiscriminate cuts is scheduled for January, 2014.
"If you break the spending caps, you're not going to get any Republicans in the Senate," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) declared on "This Week" on ABC.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said undoing the sequester cuts would be "a real big step in the wrong direction."
"Now they want a spending bill that increases spending and dramatically will increase the debt," Paul said on CNN's "State of the Union." "It's a non-starter."
Nearly two weeks into a government shutdown and just days away from hitting the debt limit, the focus in Washington has shifted to talks between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Reid on Saturday nixed a proposal from a bipartisan group of senators led by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), mainly because it would have locked in reduced spending for six months. Democrats want to fund the government at $1.058 trillion, not the $988 billion required by the sequester.
McConnell issued a statement Sunday saying Democrats should reconsider the Collins proposal, which would raise the debt ceiling through January, re-open the government and delay the medical device tax (a provision of ObamaCare) for two years.
"Its time for Democrat leaders to take yes for an answer," McConnell said.
In a speech on the Senate floor Sunday, Reid denied that he is trying to reverse the sequester cuts.
Any talk about breaking the caps is not anything that came from us," he said.
He noted that Senate Democrats have already backed a bill to fund the government at sequester levels through Nov. 15.
We stand by that bill and would happily accept it or something similar as a way out of the current impasse," a Senate Democratic leadership aide said, adding that Congress could leave the debate over whether to continue the sequester into 2014 "for another time."
The sequester stemmed from the debt ceiling fight in 2011, when Democrats agreed to impose the across-the-board cuts if a bipartisan "supercommittee" couldn't reach a deficit reduction deal. That supercommittee failed to act, and the sequester went into effect earlier this year, slashing defense and domestic spending.
Democrats argue that they shouldn't have to accept the sequester as the new baseline spending level for the federal government.
They warn that the sequester is a blunt tool for reducing the deficit and is harming important federal programs. While some Republicans also worry about the consequences of the cuts, especially to national defense, other Republicans see them as the only way to limit federal spending.
We arent going to break the sequester caps," Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said on "Fox News Sunday." "We think thats one thing where weve saved the American people some money here.
Republicans say Democrats have gotten greedy with polls showing the public mostly blames the GOP for the shutdown.
On "Fox News Sunday," Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) admitted that Republicans overreached when they tried to defund ObamaCare with the government spending bill. But he said that Democrats are now on the verge of being "one tick too cute" by trying to increase spending beyond the sequester levels.
"As they see the House possibly in disarray, they now are overreaching," Corker said.
The federal government will hit its debt limit and begin defaulting on its bills as soon as Thursday, according to the Treasury Department.
--This report was originally published at 1:38 p.m. and last updated at 2:46 p.m
Make Dingy pass a budget.
Get rid of the EPA first...then the Education Department and Head Start. Then let healthy moochers work in our parks....except making them perform is another thing.
ABOUT THAT POLL (it's been exposed as useless)
what a clownshow.
they went from repealing obamacare to just extending the spending cuts Obama promoted last year..
This is the Senate they're discussing not the House.
It's the Senate they're discussing not the House.
It's the Senate they're discussing not the House.
Thanks Cincinatus’ Wife.
I hate it when I see guys who are supposed to be fighting for us surrender to "conventional" thinking. The response should have been if we don't defund obamacare the deficit will be many times worse.
Is the sequester now in play to give something to Boner and McConnell to wave about as a victory! while they are completely folding?
GO BACK TO OBAMACARE DEFUNDING AND SAY “SCREW YOU, SCHUMER..REID”!
No doubt there were others they could have quoted but naturally they went with the weaselly one.
“Make Dingy pass a budget.”
Budget? We ain’t got no budget. We don’t need no budget. I don’t have to show you any stinking budget you God-Damned Tea Party fools. Harry Reid.
You know it can become very discouraging when all I see are the "surrender monkeys". Thank GOD I have Free Republic and some other internet sites to go to.
I'm praying the Tea Party members in the House can get the establishment Pubs to hold the line. If not I say leave the party and if this means the Rats get the House so be it. We are in the fight of our lives.
I agree...but part of me says let it go and watch the results of 0bamacare in 6 months...........
Lets all remember that if the gang of 25 had stood with Cruz we wouldnt be at this point!
“... Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on “Face the Nation” on CBS on Sunday, explaining that Democrats want a mix of entitlement reforms and revenue increases.”
More freaking revenues!!!!! Quit raising the amount you spend. Make do with what you have or do with less.
They will never enact entitlement reforms that reduce spending; to do so would alienate their voting blocks. You know, those who want something for nothing or, at least, with very little output on their part.
Cut the budget, cull the Federal employee herd, and save money, pay to reduce the deficit and at the same time reduce the yearly budget. Jeez, .5% a year would be a start and no one would starve or do without, if they are willing to do what is needed to get by.
Can’t these guys just visualize what would happen if all those taxes were left in the economy for business and the consumer to spend? Or is it, they won’t see it because it just might upset a looter(I mean Voter)?
The Republicans asked for a WW1 surrender, and the Democrats offered Ww2. Unconditional Surrender! Now they are just toying with Republicans, they want reparations, too.
My wife keeps saying, "hey, they voted for it they deserve the consequences". I always ask, "what about our children and hopefully future grandchildren"?
Nothing FDR tried worked but we’re still stuck with it, and then some. Never let a program go into effect if you can stop it ahead of time. As Reagan said, government programs are the closest thing to eternal life on this planet.
Very few Republicans care about what the Sequester does to National defense. If they were many, the Sequester would be dead.
“......Democrats — and, until recently, some Republicans — want to avoid locking the next round of cuts into place. Some Republicans particularly object to the impact of cuts at the Pentagon, which will bear the brunt of the next round.....”
A very slice of "thin" these days.
I am under no illusions. The Democrats only want to stop the Sequestration cuts for the domestic side, but you must understand - the domestic cuts are only 5%, the Pentagon cuts are almost 10%. Guess who "negotiated" that formula? Boehner and McConnell.
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