Boehner: House Won’t Pass Another Sequester Replacement Before Senate Acts

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said Wednesday morning that the House does not intend to pass a sequester replacement plan before the Senate acts.

“Listen we’ve played our cards. We’ve laid out our hand,” Boehner told reporters. “We’ve passed a bill and sent it to the Senate. It’s time for the Senate to do their job.”

House Republicans point to legislation they passed last year to replace the sequester with targeted cuts to domestic programs. Now that the new Congress has been sworn in, that legislation is inactive. Passed a margin of 215-209, it’s not clear House Republicans could pass it again because they have lost eight seats since then.

Asked Wednesday if House GOP leaders intend to wait for the Senate to act, Boehner said, “We do. We do. We do.”

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