The Obama Administration proposed sequestration as part of the Budget Control Act to raise the debt ceiling. Republicans agreed to it as a way to force Washington to address its out-of-control spending and our national debt, which is currently over $16.6 trillion. The sequester decreases current spending levels by 2.4 percent, saving $85 billion this year in indiscriminate cuts across the board.
While it is imperative that we cut spending, we should do what we can to ensure that the sequester does not harm our men and women in uniform, compromise our national security or negatively impact our economy. Rather than accept smaller government and work with Republicans to cut spending responsibly, the President is insisting on replacing sequestration with new taxes.
To support its case, the Obama administration is playing politics at the expense of the American people. An editorial by the Wall Street Journal states, “In its bid to make the sequester as painful as possible, the White House announced Tuesday that it is canceling all visitor tours of the White House "during the popular Spring touring season." ‘ This fits President Obama's political strategy to punish a class of eighth graders visiting from Illinois instead of cancelling a conference in California for employees of the Agriculture Department who will spend time sipping "exceptional local wines" and sampling "tasty dishes" prepared by "special guest chefs."
By cutting public tours, the White House will save a mere $1 million, while it continues to spend lavishly on other projects, such as expensive junkets and presidential golf outings. This is a classic example of the “Washington Monument Syndrome” often used by the Obama administration – singling out highly visible services when faced with budget cuts in an attempt to scare the American public.
The White House has also made several highly questionable decisions that endanger American lives and are nothing more than dangerous political stunts. Last month, federal immigration officials were ordered to conduct a mass release of illegal immigrants from detention centers around the country. And naval aircraft carriers scheduled to deploy to the Persian Gulf have been forced to sit idle in the shipyard.
Enough is enough.
We must rein in out of control spending in Washington and get America on a track towards fiscal sanity. President Obama’s spending problem threatens the prosperity of all hardworking Americans. And with no budget from Senate Democrats in four years, and budgets from the White House that continually garner no support from either chamber, yearly deficits over a trillion dollars will likely continue and economic recovery will continue to be stifled.
On Wednesday, the House approved a continuing resolution – a plan to fund the government through September 30th, the end of the fiscal year. My fellow Republicans and I know a responsible spending plan that cuts waste and keeps the government open will help grow our economy and create jobs. And this bill, while not perfect, is a step in the right direction. However, more aggressive measures must be taken to get America’s fiscal house in order.