Mar 06, 2013
VOTE ALERT: Tea Party House Republicans Just Voted in Favor of Sequester
Moments ago, 228 Tea Party House Republicans voted to stick with their well-connected friends over the middle class and voted in favor of the sequester – a series of devastating and arbitrary budget cuts that will eliminate 750,000 jobs, force furloughs and may drive our economy into recession. Instead of the sequester, House Democrats have tried to end taxpayer subsidies for Big Oil companies and tax breaks for millionaires, but House Republicans have said no.
“Tea Party House Republicans had a chance moments ago to vote against the damaging sequester, but they voted in favor of the indiscriminate cuts – siding with Big Oil and millionaires over the middle class,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “No one should be surprised that Tea Party Republicans are relentlessly pursuing the wrong priorities, but the everyday, hardworking Americans who are bearing the brunt of these cuts are furious.”
Before today, Democrats have offered multiple times balanced alternatives that would replace the arbitrary sequester approach with a thoughtful and balanced budget plan that cuts spending and eliminates tax breaks for the well-connected in a way that is not harmful to the economy. Each time, House Republicans refused to vote on these plans.
House Republicans voted today for a sequestration requirement in the Continuing Resolution, and against a measure stripping out the provision that explicitly calls for keeping the indiscriminate cuts of the sequester. [HR 933, Vote #61, 3/06/13; HR 933, Vote #62, 3/06/13]
According to Roll Call newspaper, the Continuing Resolution “Keeps Sequester Cuts in Place” [Roll Call, 3/4/13]
According to the New York Times, “Boehner halts Talks on Cuts, and House G.O.P. Cheers” [New York Times, 3/1/13]
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]
House Republicans Previously Voted Three Times to Deny Consideration of Replacing the Entire Sequester with a Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction.
- The measure was rejected 229-196. [H Res 83, Vote #51, 2/27/13]
- The measure was rejected 229-194. [H Res 66, Vote #41, 2/14/13]
- The measure was rejected 229-188. [H Res 48, Vote #33, 2/5/13]