Watch the first in a new series “Tooting His Own Horn,” where the President toots his horn about his sequester.
President Obama Created the Sequester
“Woodward reports in his book that White House Office of Management Director Jack Lew and Legislative Affairs Director Rob Nabors took the proposal for sequestration to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and then it was presented to congressional Republicans.” (Bob Woodward: Obama 'mistaken' on sequester, Politico, Leigh Munsil, October 23, 2012)
“The Sequester was one of the ideas put forward, yes by the President’s team.” (White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney on Fox News’ Special Report with Brett Bair, February 12, 2013)
“It was Obama’s negotiating team that came up with the idea for defense cuts in 2011.” ("The sequester is not something that I've proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed." Politifact, October, 24, 2012)
"My message to [Congress] is simple: No. I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense spending. There will be no easy off-ramps on this one." (President Obama, Super Committee Statement, November 21, 2011)
Details of the Devastating Impact of Obama’s Sequester
Last week, the White House released a report detailing the devastating impact of President Obama’s Sequester. (Fact Sheet: Examples of How the Sequester Would Impact Middle Class Families, Jobs and Economic Security, White House Press Release, February 8, 2013)
The Director of the Congressional Budget Office, Doulgas Elmendorf told lawmakers, “The $1.2 trillion across-the-board spending cuts scheduled to take place in March if Congress does nothing, could result in the loss of 750,000 jobs in 2013.” (Sequester Could Cost U.S. 750,000 Jobs, CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf Says, Huffington Post, February 13, 2013)
House Republicans Acted to Replace the Obama Sequester with Responsible Cuts
House Republicans took steps to replace President Obama’s sequestration, passing bills on two separate occasions; neither of which the Democratic-controlled Senate considered.
H.R. 5652, Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act
H.R. 6684, Spending Reduction Act of 2012