WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley said the administration’s scare tactics are misguided because government agencies are in a position to trim the extras before essential services. He said the grass roots understand it’s time for President Obama and Congress to focus on spending discipline for good governance and to strengthen America’s economy, with job creators needing confidence in Washington’s ability to make decisions and manage spending.
Text of Grassley’s remarks:
At this point, it seems the sequester will take effect as the law says on March 1.
The President has been campaigning all over the country to assign blame, but the White House created the sequester in the 2011 debt ceiling agreement. Since then, the President has proposed no real alternative. He even said he’d veto legislation to alter the sequester.
The House of Representatives twice passed alternative proposals. The Senate Majority Leader has done nothing at all. No regular order, counter offer, or independent proposal.
The scare tactics being used by the Obama administration are shameful. Government agencies are in a position to trim the extras before essential services.
I had meetings last week in 16 Iowa counties last week. Not many think the federal government can’t find two percent to cut out from federal spending. Even with the sequester, the federal government will still spend more in 2013 than it did last year, $3.553 trillion compared to $3.538 trillion.
The administration also has jeopardized its credibility with its campaign against the sequester. Not only by not getting to work on an alternative, but by putting out information that is flat out wrong. For example, in one case, the November 2012 report to Congress from the Office of Management and Budget says the National Drug Intelligence Center would lose $2 million of its $20 million budget. In fact, the Center shut its doors last summer, and isn’t even in the bureaucracy anymore.
The grass roots know it’s time for Congress and the President to focus on spending discipline. It’s a matter of good governance. It’s also directly related to strengthening America’s economy. Investors and job creators need some confidence in Washington’s ability to make decisions and manage spending.
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