Senator Chuck Grassley commented on what the President said today about the automatic spending cuts scheduled to start on March 1.
"It's discouraging to see the President complain about fiscal responsibility after the record of the last four years, including having done nothing to avert the approaching sequester which the White House proposed and worked to enact in August 2011. The House of Representatives passed alternatives twice last year while the White House and Senate leadership did nothing. Regular order has been almost totally lacking under Democratic leadership of the Senate, especially on budgetary issues. What's more, the sequester pales in comparison to the fiscal impact that looms from spending commitments to entitlement programs, including the new entitlement program created by the President's 2010 health care law. There has been no leadership from the White House and Senate majority to pursue structural reforms to those programs, either, despite the importance of saving Medicare and Medicaid for future generations. The sooner Washington takes action, the less dramatic the changes need to be. It's up to the President and the Senate to join in this debate and the development of proposals."