Boehner: Sequester Should Be Replaced With Spending Cuts

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Tuesday responded to reports that President Obama will seek a short-term fix to avoid the sequester. In a statement, Boehner said:

“President Obama first proposed the sequester and insisted it become law.  Republicans have twice voted to replace these arbitrary cuts with common-sense cuts and reforms that protect our national defense.  We believe there is a better way to reduce the deficit, but Americans do not support sacrificing real spending cuts for more tax hikes.  The president’s sequester should be replaced with spending cuts and reforms that will start us on the path to balancing the budget in 10 years.”