Mar 03, 2013
FACT CHECK: Speaker Boehner Falsely Claims Democrats Have No Sequester Plan
On NBC’s Meet the Press today, Speaker John Boehner continued to falsely claim that the President and Democrats have “no plan” to reverse the sequester that House Republicans are forcing on the country.
In reality, as David Gregory said, “that’s just not true.” President Obama and Democrats have a detailed plan to replace the sequester with a balanced approach that cuts spending responsibly while also eliminating tax loopholes for Big Oil and tax breaks for millionaires. Speaker Boehner and the Tea Party Republicans have refused to even allow a vote on this plan, which the majority of Americans support.
Tea Party House Republicans are blocking alternatives. Tea Party Republicans have blocked Democrats’ efforts to bring a balanced alternative to sequester to the floor for a vote four times. [Rep. Van Hollen release, 2/14/13]
Americans Overwhelmingly Support a Balanced Approach. A February 21st USA Today/Pew poll found 76 percent of Americans favor the a balanced approach for addressing the budget deficit while only 19 percent of Americans agree with the approach of Congressional Republicans, to address the deficit through spending cuts alone. [USA Today, 2/21/13]
Pew: 62 Percent of Americans Say The Republican Party is “Out of Touch,” 52 Percent Say Republicans Are “Too Extreme.” According to a February 2013 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, “Sixty-two percent of adults say the GOP is out of touch with the American people, 56 percent say it’s not open to change and 52 percent say it’s too extreme, according to a Pew Research Center poll released Tuesday.” [Politico, 2/26/13]