“We have moved a bill in the House twice,” the Speaker said. “We should not have to move a third bill before the Senate gets off their a** and begins to do something.”
In the 112th Congress, Republicans proposed two bills that Democrats shot down, calling them unbalanced. Those bills expired at the start of this session of Congress.
Boehner also criticized the President for holding rallies across the country instead of meeting with the Senate to help jump-start a bill that could avoid the sequester.
Later in the afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid responded to Boehner’s comments.
“I think he should understand who is sitting on their posterior,” Reid said. “We’re doing our best here to pass something. The Speaker is doing nothing to try to pass anything over there. He’s falling back on what he said they did last Congress. Well, we have something called the Constitution that makes us start over again every two years.”
Reid added that the reason Boehner was not proposing new legislation is because the House caucus can’t agree and therefore the legislation would not pass. He also pointed out that he was familiar with the sort of “salty” language Boehner used since the Majority Leader was “raised in a little town that had 13 brothels in it.”
The sequester will go into effect on Friday if an agreement is not reached, cutting $85 billion from the federal budget.