U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today released the following statement in response to President Obama's call for replacing the pending automatic federal spending cuts, known as the "sequester," set to go into effect this year:
"In speaking today about the pending spending cuts that will result if the sequester goes into effect on March 1st, President Obama left out three key facts: One, that the sequester was included in the Budget Control Act at the suggestion of his Administration; Two, that U.S. House Republicans have twice passed legislation to enact more responsible cuts and reforms to replace the sequester, H.R.5652 and H.R.6684, but the U.S. Senate refused to take action on either bill; And three, that in 2013 the Congressional Budget Office projects that the federal government will take in more in tax receipts than ever before which makes it clear that the American people aren't taxed too little, the problem is that the government spends too much.
"It is time for President Obama and Congressional Democrats to finally come to grips with the pressing need to reduce federal spending. It is long past time for the U.S. Senate to pass legislation to eliminate the sequester, as the U.S. House has already done twice, if they believe more responsible cuts must be found. And instead of pointing fingers of blame, President Obama needs to take responsibility for the sequester which his Administration proposed and show Congress and the American people the cuts to spending that he would prefer. All President Obama did today was to attempt to frighten Americans to support his effort to again raise taxes to support higher government spending. That is not a solution to our problems."