With draconian across-the-board defense spending cuts just weeks away, Republicans and Democrats continue to play the blame game.
—Amy McCullough and Michael C. Sirak
He has called on Congress to pass an interim set of spending cuts and tax increases until lawmakers reach a longer term solution.
Republicans like McKeon have said they don't want sequestration, but it might be inevitable if Democrats continue to insist on reducing defense spending and raising taxes, while not making significant non-defense spending cuts.
"Republicans don't want to go into sequester, but the President will force us there if he insists on a plan that shirks his responsibility to the troops, that is bad for national security and bad for the economy," stated McKeon in a Feb. 6 press release.
Senate Democrats are expected to begin a "public pressure campaign" on the GOP this week, beginning with President Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday, reported Politico.
The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on Feb. 12 to discuss the impact of sequestration on the Pentagon. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale, Joint Chiefs Chairman Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, National Guard Bureau Chief Army Gen. Frank Grass, and all four service Chiefs are expected to testify.
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