“Obama’s sequester?” No way
For my sanity and yours, I rarely get into the silliest corners of politics, but this conservative talking point that the word “sequester” must actually be called “Obama’s sequester,” like they had nothing to do with it, is really beyond the pale. I get that both sides are trying to position themselves to not get blamed for this totally preventable, self-inflicted wound, but here are some facts that belie this ridiculous Republican disowning of a policy they supported.
–The sequester was part of the Budget Control Act, passed in 2011 with bipartisan support. In fact, a larger share of House R’s voted for the bill than D’s: 174 (73%) voted for it and 66 against, while Ds were split 95-95. In the Senate, 28 Rs voted for it and 19 against, while D’s supported it 45-6.
–Voting in support of the bill that contained the sequester were Reps Boehner, Ryan, Cantor and Sen. McConnell.
–Speaker Boehner said of the bill including the sequester: “I got 98% of what I wanted.” Given their highly amped up disdain of the sequester now, I find it hard to believe that this was the 2% he didn’t want.