House Republicans have been virtually begging administration officials to ask for permission to move money around. If one program could be more easily cut than others, those Republicans say, just ask us, and we’ll let you do it.

"We sent out on Feb. 28 a letter to every Cabinet officer asking them what changes they’d like to have — pluses, subtractions and so on — to give them an opportunity to show us at least one program they would like to have cut, which would then save on sequestration," Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said in an interview recently. "We did not receive a single answer."

Issa explained that Congress can allow Cabinet officials to "reprogram" money to ease the burden of sequestration. For example, the sequester requires the Department of Transportation to cut $2 billion from its budget.

"If they were to come up with, for example, $500 million in cuts, their remaining sequestration would drop by 25 percent," Issa said. "If they were able to come up with $2 billion worth of things they wanted to drop altogether or reduce, then they would have no sequestration."

In other words, Obama Cabinet officials, if they chose, could have an enormous amount of flexibility in making the required budget cuts. They just don’t want to. "We’ve had zero answers," repeated Issa.

At a recent committee hearing, Rep. Jim Jordan asked officials from the Transportation and Education departments a simple question. Since they’ve known about sequestration for a long time and also know they have the ability to ask Congress to reprogram money, why haven’t they responded to Issa’s letter offering help?

The officials had no answers. "Those wheels are turning," said the man from the Education Department, indicating that, whatever crisis sequestration presents, the bureaucracy will take its time to respond.

It turned out that the officials had done little or no preparing for sequestration and instead focused on drastic measures — things like closing down one of the two air traffic control towers at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport — to deal with it.

"I would think that most public servants would want to do what’s in the best interest of the taxpayers and the public, and not try to do things for political gain," Jordan said in an interview later. "But let’s be honest. Some of the statements we’ve heard from the administration run counter to what we hope public officials would do."

The whole idea of the sequester is that it’s so terrible that Congress would feel forced to do its job. Taking away the pain would only encourage their intransigence.

 

5 Responses to “Why are democrats working so hard to hurt the average American in the sequester?”

  1. kril_420 says:

    The whole idea of the sequester is that it’s so terrible that Congress would feel forced to do its job. Taking away the pain would only encourage their intransigence.
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  2. Warren T says:

    THEY ARE HOPING IT WILL HELP THEM IN THE 2014 ELECTION
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  3. jimbo says:

    So that Obama can blame the GOP and in the process take back the house! Every political thing Obama is doing now is with that objective in mind! Not likely to succeed – the economy, Obamacare and an increasing security concerns will dominate the 2014 elections.
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    Reality – Awareness of!

  4. YOUR MASTER SPEAKS says:

    please remember this in your 2014 vote.
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  5. Woody says:

    So you claim house Republicans have been begging the administration to be allowed to move money around and improve the Obama economy?
    Near as I can see they have been doing everything within their power to destroy this economy, hoping for voters angry at the Democratic leadership.
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