Partisan bickering continues as sequester cuts go into effect
The morning after the sequester spending cuts went into effect — “$85 billion in an across-the-board whack to both defense and nondefense programs — the Earth did not stand still nor did Washington come to its collective senses.
Both the White House and Republicans in Congress seemed spent as they sputtered out their political talking points about what everyone agrees is a lousy way to conduct the nation's business.
“It's happening because Republicans in Congress chose this outcome over closing a single wasteful tax loophole that helps reduce the deficit,” President Obama said in his weekly radio/Internet address.
The rebuttal on Saturday morning came from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington.
“The American people know full well that if they give this White House more tax revenue, it will be spent on new stimulus projects and government programs,” Rodgers said.
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