(WASHINGTON) — In this week’s Republican address, Alabama Congresswoman Martha Roby calls on the president and Senate Democrats to join the House in stopping the sequester, a set of “across-the-board spending cuts” scheduled to take effect in less than two weeks.
With many lawmakers and President Obama, as Rep. Roby points out, calling the sequestration “a really bad idea,” the hope is that the cuts can be replaced with “better more responsible spending cuts,” she explains.
“Just this week, top military commanders testified on Capitol Hill and confirmed what I had feared from the beginning about how the president’s sequester will hurt military installations in Alabama and around the country,” says Roby, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee.
“There is a smarter way to reduce the size of government than to slash defense spending, threaten national security and hurt military families,” she says, accusing the president and Congressional Democrats of holding up legislation that would replace the sequester. She adds that President Obama would like to “push through another tax increase,” while “using the military he leads as leverage in an ideological crusade for higher taxes.”
But, Roby implores, “These games have got to stop.”
“Our goal every day in Washington should be coming together on issues like creating jobs for hardworking American families, reining in our out-of-control debt, and ensuring America maintains a strong national defense,” she says. “To meet these goals, we can come together now to replace the president’s sequester – not with more tax increases, but with better, more responsible spending cuts that put our budget on a path to balance in 10 years.”
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