Rep. Grimm Statement on President Obama’s Sequester

Feb 19, 2013 Issues: Spending Cuts and Debt

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C-NY) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s press conference on his own sequester:

“President Obama has no one to blame but himself for the consequences of sequestration.  He proposed it and he insisted on it. As a result, we are faced with reckless, across-the-board cuts that will hurt important local programs, cost us jobs, and decrease the amount of Sandy relief funding  we fought hard to move through Congress and into the hands of victims who desperately need it to rebuild. 

“Shifting the blame back to Congress is a shameless political tactic. In fact, the House has twice passed legislation to replace the president’s job-killing sequester with targeted, common-sense cuts.  I voted for both proposals; however, the Senate refused to act.

“If the president is serious about finding a solution, he will reach out to Congress to identify responsible ways to cut $85 billion - something the House has already done. Instead we are hearing more of the same rhetoric from this president who believes that a tax hike is the only solution to our spending problems. 

“At a time when our government just spent $2.2 billion on Obama’s free cell phone program– we clearly have a choice of programs to eliminate.  No one should be talking about another round of tax hikes, when sequestration can be easily avoided through responsible cuts. The March 1st deadline is approaching quickly. It’s time for President Obama to stop the political theater and support a responsible alternative to sequestration that addresses our spending problem – instead of feeding it with more tax hikes.”