Mr. BROUN of Georgia. Last Congress, I supported more than $155 billion worth of real spending cuts. If Democrats are interested in finding a more targeted approach to avoiding the sequester, I'm more than happy to offer my suggestions. We only have to cut 2 1/2 cents out of every dollar that we spend in 2013 to dodge the effects of the sequester. If we can't shrink spending by 2 percent without causing a meltdown, what does that say about the size of Washington?
Frankly, I don't think this administration wants to cut spending at all. The President is only interested in raising taxes, but this year, he has already levied $150 billion worth of new taxes on the American people. I wholeheartedly support making meaningful cuts, but there is a better way to go about doing it than with the sequester.
Congress needs to sit down and go through the budget line by line, and it needs to figure out what wasteful programs we can get rid of in the middle of this debt crisis. I hope that Democrats will work with Republicans to find a smarter way to cut spending while we also protect American jobs and our national security.