by Leada Gore
If the president is serious about solving sequestration, all he has to do is follow the lead of the House of Representatives, Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, said during a visit to Huntsville Friday.
"The House has already passed legislation, twice, to replace the sequester with targeted cuts instead of the plan the president has introduced, which is just more taxes," Roby said.
Roby, chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, said instead of looking to the House plans, President Barack Obama is using the threats of the massive across-the-board cuts set to trigger March 1 to raises taxes.
"The president is using our military families and personnel to promote his ideologies on tax increases," she said. "The president has already got his tax increase."
During her visit to Huntsville, Roby toured the Davidson Center and Raytheon's new missile plant at Redstone Arsenal. She also met with school officials at Blossomwood Elementary to learn more about the STEM, (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program.
Roby represents the Second Congressional District which includes Maxwell Air Force Base and Ft. Rucker. The concerns of the people there are similar to those she has discussed with people in Huntsville, she said.
"The people in Alabama's second district know, and I suspect those in Huntsville know, that we don't have are revenue problem, we have a spending problem," she said.
Roby and the rest of Congress return to Washington Monday with just four days before sequestration hits. Roby, who voted against the 2011 Budget Control Act that proposed sequestration, has called on the president to show leadership in solving sequestration.
"There is a smarter way to reduce the size of government than to slash defense spending, threatening our national security and hurting military families," she said.