Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) today issued the following statement on the president's sequester policy that will go into effect on Friday, March 1:
"Over and over again, President Obama continues to avoid offering sensible and achievable solutions to our dire fiscal problems resulting in these self-inflicted crises and manufactured deadlines. This is no way to strengthen America's economic future.
"The president's sequestration plan is a bad policy, a bad way to govern and will result in consequences if left unaddressed. I opposed the legislation that created these sequestration cuts because the policy falsely assumes that all federal programs are equal and therefore should be cut equally.
"The president's answer to this problem is yet another call for higher taxes to pay for more government spending. This solves nothing. A smarter approach is to give the heads of agencies the flexibility to implement these cuts responsibly by eliminating waste and duplication from their departments. Instead, the White House wants to play politics by threatening to go after the civilian defense personnel that support our national security, border patrol agents, air traffic controllers and first responders to continue the administration's spending and taxing addiction.
"President Obama's call for more taxes on Americans to avoid cutting only 2.5 percent of federal spending is a complete lack of leadership and political courage. The president can avert his own sequestration cuts if he steps up and works with Congress on smarter, alternative spending reductions."