Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) today released the following statement regarding the President's sequester, which is scheduled to go into effect today:
"Many Members of Congress would like to see a resolution to the sequester, however because of the inaction from the Senate and the President, sequestration is upon us," said Aderholt. "These automatic, across-the-board cuts that were proposed by the White House could damage our nation's defense forces and further impact our already fragile economy."
"There is no doubt that we need to cut wasteful Washington spending, but there is a smarter way to reduce government spending than making dangerous and disproportionate cuts to our defense budget."
"The House has voted, not once, but twice to replace the President's sequester with targeted, responsible cuts that would cut waste, fraud and abuse in the federal bureaucracy and address the true drivers of our nation's debt. Unfortunately, the Senate didn't act on either bill."
"The President is set to meet with Congressional Leaders later today to discuss this matter. I hope they have a fruitful conversation that could lead to honest compromise and that soon a resolution can be reached that responsibly cuts federal spending," concluded Aderholt.
Aderholt currently serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture for the powerful House Appropriations Committee, is a member of the Committee's Commerce, Justice and Science; and Homeland Security Subcommittees, and also serves on the Helsinki Commission.
For more information about Aderholt's work in Congress visit www.aderholt.house.gov.