Mr. CONNOLLY of Virginia. Madam Speaker, sequestration--that's the bogeyman Republicans created last year when they refused, for the first time in American history, to allow a clean debt ceiling vote. So they formed a supercommittee which they doomed to failure when they refused to consider a balanced approach that included revenue and spending cuts. And now they decry the impending $1.2 trillion cuts they fashioned and voted for as a crisis for national defense. This gives chutzpah a bad name.
If Senators McCain, Graham, and Ayotte want to resolve this crisis in their town hall meetings--that they helped create--join me in calling our House Republican leadership to cancel the 5-week August recess and solve this solvable problem.