WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, is highlighting Friday's sequestration deadline and the plans the House of Representatives has proposed to realign the sequestration cuts, saying it is likely political pressure will be needed before the Senate comes to the table to negotiate.
"Right now, we're looking at a situation where the cuts do go into effect next month and unfortunately, we haven't seen any movement from the Senate to avoid the sequester or work with the House to realign the cuts," Reed said.
In the time since the White House suggested the sequester as a solution in 2011, the House of Representatives has acted on two pieces of legislation to realign the indiscriminate cuts associated with sequestration.
Rep. Tom Reed
"We believe there is a better way to cut spending than the arbitrary cuts found in the sequester and are prepared to make cuts elsewhere but we need action from the Senate. We've seen nothing but rhetoric and a renewed call to raise taxes coming from the White House," Reed said. "With the unemployment rate near 8 percent nationally and closer to 10 percent here in the Southern Tier, another tax increase would only further burden taxpayers. The Democratic Party already got their tax increases and though they want even higher taxes, the fact is this is a spending problem. We need to downsize the federal government, not increase taxes on families to fund an even bigger one."
Sequestration is slated to go into effect March 1.
"Unless Democrats put forth a plan, it is looking more and more like we will see these cuts go into effect next month. It may take political pressure as a result of the cuts before Democrats come to the table," Reed said.