Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) predicted Sunday that sequestration, the $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts to domestic and military spending that was put off as part of a last-minute effort to avoid the fiscal cliff at the beginning of January, will ultimately go into effect.
"I think the sequester's going to happen, because that $1.2 trillion in spending cuts, we can't lose those spending cuts," Ryan said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "That was to pay for the last debt ceiling increase let alone any future increases."
Ryan said this is because Democrats have refused to offer any alternatives to the sequester, unlike Republicans who have passed legislation with alternative spending cuts.
"We think the sequester will happen because the democrats have opposed our efforts to replace those cuts with others and they've offered no alternatives," Ryan said.