When Friday rolls around, it’s going to bring the sequester with it, according to a group of Republican Congressmen who met on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
“As 2.4 percent of the budget, it’s not the end of the world,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said. “Would we prefer the cuts not be so — change a little bit and not impact Defense the way they did? Of course. And that’s why we passed the legislation we did last year.”
Jordan and several other Republicans Congressmen met for their monthly “Conversation with Conservatives” discussion and press conference, focusing mainly on sequestration at this meeting. According to the Representatives, the Senate will be unable to pass legislation to stop the sequestration by Friday. They also criticized President Obama’s scare tactics, saying the American people weren’t falling for his ruse.
“Folks are recognizing that Washington, D.C., usually is overblowing, overplaying many things, and they don’t buy the scare tactics,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said. “There will be an impact, but I’m excited to actually achieve some savings.”
He added later that most Americans are going to “wake up Friday morning, yawn” and be relieved that Congress is starting to enact some of the necessary cuts.
Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) condemned the President’s cross-country travel and told him to “save fuel in Air Force One, save the taxpayer money and get to work.”
“There’s more to governing than fancy speeches,” he added.
When informed that the President was, in fact, at the Capitol on Wednesday for the dedication of a Rosa Parks statue, Duncan didn’t miss a beat.
“He knows how to find it then,” he joked.