About the Sequester - The Three Things you need to know
1) President Obama Proposed 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)
"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)
On February 12, 2013, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney admitted that Sequester was the President's idea. “Sequester was one of the ideas put forward, yes, by the President's team." (Fox News Special Report with Bret Baier, February 12, 2013)
On February 17, 2013, on Fox News Sunday, Bob Woodward, author of The Price of Politics, stated that sequester was President Obama's idea and was his solution to the debt crisis. “It was the White House. It was Obama and Jack Lew and Rob Nabors, who went to the Democratic leader in the Senate, Harry Reid and said 'this is the solution.'" (Fox News Sunday, February 17, 2013)
On February 19, 2013, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) admitted that the White House Recommended sequester, "The President's part of the sequester. The White House recommended it frankly. Back in August, 2011. So now we're feeling the effects of it." (KTVQ-TV, February 19, 2013)
2) 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
3) No One Should be Talking About Raising Taxes on Americans with so much wasteful spending in Washington
At a time when the federal government is spending billions of dollars on wasteful projects, no one in Washington should be talking about increasing taxes on the American people.
- The National Science Foundation awarded a grant of $1.2 million to pay seniors to play the video game “World of Warcraft” to analyze the impact it had on their brain.
- The IRS has its own television studio which costs $4 million annually to operate, while the EPA has one directly across the courtyard.
Additionally, the federal government is set to take in more revenue than it ever has before in 2013
- The Congressional Budget Office has projected the government will take in $2.7 trillion in revenues in 2013 – more revenue than it ever has before. (The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2013 to 2023, Congressional Budget Office, February 2013)