Republican Response To Sequester: It’s Bad. Let’s Make It Worse.

Bill Scher

Republicans have been eager to blame the sequester on President Obama, and complain when certain cuts affect their districts. But beyond proposing robbing-Peter-to-pay-Paul solutions for things like protecting air traffic controllers, what do Republican want to do about the sequester cuts?

Cut more.

The AP reports:

Republicans controlling the House pressed ahead Tuesday with slashing cuts to domestic programs far deeper than the cuts departments like Education, Interior and State are facing under an already painful round of automatic austerity.

Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security and the Pentagon would be spared under the plan approved by the House Appropriations Committee on a party-line vote, but legislation responsible for federal firefighting efforts and Indian health care would absorb a cut of 18 percent below [sequester] legislation adopted in March…

…The foreign aid budget would be sharply cut as well, while a bill funding the IRS budget and implementation of new financial regulations would absorb a 20 percent cut from levels approved just two months ago

And yet, in the very same article, the House Appropriations chair says, “The guillotine of sequestration has fallen, and I think we all agree that its consequences have been, and will continue to be, very harmful.”

In other words, the sequester is bad. So let’s make it worse.

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