The Chatter: McConnell and Guthrie take to floors of Senate and House to call for action on sequester

02/26/2013 04:58 PM

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that while he doesn’t like the across-the-board cuts as part of the so-called sequester, the American people still shouldn’t buy into the president’s message.

McConnell said on the Senate floor that both sides played their roles in the deal that resulted in the automatic spending cuts sent to take place on March 1, but now it was time to stop placing blame and start taking action.

“Look: the choice we face isn’t between the sequester and tax hikes. Remember, we’re only talking about cutting 2 to 3 percent of the budget. Any business owner or middle-class parent will tell you it’s completely ridiculous to think Washington can’t find a better way to cut 2 to 3 percent of the federal budget at a time when we’re $16 trillion in debt,” McConnell said on the Senate floor (at 7:20 in video below).

McConnell said he did not like the cuts that are set to take place.

“The President’s been going around warning of utter chaos if the sequester takes effect. And while I agree that those cuts could be made in a smarter way, and don’t like the fact that they fall disproportionately on defense, what does it say about the size of government that we can’t cut it by 2 to 3 percent without inviting disaster?” McConnell said.

Congressman Guthrie calls on Senate to take action on sequester
U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R- Bowling Green, made a brief speech on the floor of the U.S. House today to ask the Senate and the president to do their constitutional duty to avoid devastating defense cuts.

Guthrie pointed to references of the sequester made by the president over the past year and said he was glad President Obama now recognizes that the cuts are “a meat-axe approach to cutting defense”.

“My colleagues in the House have offered two replacement bills which the Senate has yet to act on. Lets not use our brave men and women in uniform and civilians workers who serve them as leverage for others spending” Guthrie said.

Jacqueline Pitts

Jacqueline Pitts joined the cn|2 political team in June 2012. A graduate of WKU, Jacqueline grew up in Nashville, TN and is looking forward to having a front row seat to Kentucky politics. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter @Jacqueline_cn2. She can be reached at 502-792-1114 or


  • Bruce Layne wrote on February 27, 2013 11:42 AM :

    It’s nauseating to see federal spending approximately ten times what it should be if our federal government was limited by our Constitution, as it should be, and politicians in both wings of the Two Parties That Are One blanch at these tiny cuts. The sequester cuts aren’t even actual cuts as most Americans understand the term. The sequester would cut the growth of federal spending. Deficit spending would still increase, but at a slightly lower rate.

    Frankly, many unconstitutional federal agencies and departments could be eliminated and Americans would be better served in the process. Defense spending could be much lower and our national security would be improved. The US military budget currently exceeds the combined military spending of all other nations on the planet. Our Department of Defense is increasingly used for offensive purposes. The preemptive wars and drone strikes in other sovereign nations without a declared war is resulting in the US being viewed as an international bully, and that is definitely making us less secure.

    When the notion of a balanced budget is unthinkable and nobody in Congress will even consider it or dare to speak of it, we are truly doomed. The policy seems to be, “If we don’t admit we’re bankrupt, maybe nobody will notice.”

  • viewer wrote on February 27, 2013 12:17 PM :

    Very well stated Bruce. I agree with all you said. I think its funny how MSNBC and CNBC are begging for this not to go through. They are owned in part by GE. GE pays no federal taxs but get billions in military contracts. The media has played the public and the public is letting this go on. Crazy times…

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