WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement after the Democratic-controlled Senate failed to pass legislation replacing President Obama’s sequester:
“It’s embarrassing that after 15 months Senate Democrats still haven’t passed a single sequester replacement bill. The American people deserve better. Republicans in the House passed legislation almost a year ago in May, and again in December, to avert the president’s sequester and help put us on a path to a balanced budget. Now that today’s political stunt to raise taxes has failed, it’s time for the president and Senate Democrats to do the hard work that is necessary to pass a bill in the Senate so we can begin to resolve this issue.”
Speaker Boehner called Senate Democrats failure to pass a single Sequester replacement bill in 15 months, embarrassing, in a press release, today.
He told Senate Democrats to do their jobs and pass a bill, noting that as of right now, the revenue issue is closed. He said, “any revenues generated by closing loopholes should be used to lower rates across the board for American families.”
The House has passed 5 bills to stop sequestration of DoD, including H Con Res. 112: Official House Republican Budget for FY2013; H.R. 5652: Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012; H.R. 6365: National Security and Job Protection Act of 2012; H.R. 5872: Sequestration Transparency Act (now law).
For his part, Harry Reid took to the floor of the Senate to say that John Boehner is acting like a dictator. See if you can follow his logic.
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Now, via News Ninja, it looks like Obama’s starting to walk back some of his spastic hair-on-fire dire predictions regarding the sequester. He ain’t getting his tax hikes. These cuts are going to happen – now what?
Oh – “a lot of people may not notice”, he now says.