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View Diary: If Republicans hate the sequester so much, why won't they get rid of it? (105 comments)

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  •  That's why the Republicans are insisting (2+ / 0-)
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    that the Senate "bring it [the President's ideas] to the floor for a vote" -- because that way there has to be a concrete proposal, with numbers associated with it, that is labeled as the Democratic alternative.  For some reason, the Senate Democrats haven't done that.  They haven't even introduced a bill, as far as I know.  They could have taken one of the House passed bills on the sequester and amended it to comply with their views on a sequester alternative, but they haven't done that.  

    The Republicans have twice committed to a Republican alternative - brought something to the floor of the House for a vote, and it twice passed on a partisan basis, because it was unacceptable to Democrats.  It includes Medicare cuts, which is why the President said last night the part about them wanting to get rid of the cuts "on the backs of the elderly."

    Frankly, if the President wants his sequester alternative to be seriously considered, HE ought to insist to Harry Reid that the Senate Democrats bring it to the floor for a vote.  

    It's called "Obamaquester" by the Republicans because (1) Jack Lew came up with the idea on behalf of the President; and (2) an Presidential/Democratic alternative has never made it to the floor of the Senate for a vote.  

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