Rep. Thompson, Sen. Toomey on Sequester Threat
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- Republican Congressman Glenn Thompson (R - PA 5th District) calls a seven page White House report on the effects sequestration would have on Pennsylvania "Scare Tactics 101."
In it, the Obama Administration claims Republicans are, "forcing our children, seniors, troops, military families, and the entire middle class to bear the burden of deficit reduction."
"Sequestration is about finding $85-billion in wasteful spending, overspending, and misdirected spending out of a $3-trillion budget…If we can't find $85-billion in wasteful spending, then we might as well turn off the lights and walk away," Thompson said to WENY TV Washington Correspondent, Ted Fioraliso.
Right now, the country's poised to hit sequestration on Friday, as the Republican-led House has not made any recent moves to avoid it. The GOP's stance is they already passed two bills out the House last year to help cut the deficit.
"We should not have to move a third bill before the Senate gets off their asses and does something," said Speaker Boehner.
And now it looks like the Senate is doing something.
"I think it's really important that we have the savings, but it's true we can do it in a more sensible fashion," explained Sen. Pat Toomey, (R - PA).
Senator Toomey has introduced a bill would give President Obama the power to make the 85-billion in cuts.
"He can go to his agency-heads and say, 'Your budgets have been growing recently. This year, it's going to be a little less, I want you to find for me the least important spending,'" Toomey said.
He's hopeful he'll have broad support for his bill. But whether or not it can get through the full Senate and House by Friday remains to be seen. Meanwhile, Congressman Thompson had this message for his constituents about the impending sequestration deadline:
"It's not the end of the world…I would hope the directors of agencies that have responsibilities to implement those cuts will be smart about it," said Thompson.