On Thursday, the House and Senate adjourned until next week, which means it's too late for either chamber to consider Conyers's bill. But Conyers said Thursday that the cuts should be canceled nonetheless, because Republicans and Democrats are unable to agree on a way to adjust what both parties say is a bad idea.
The Congressional Budget Office says the sequester could lead to 750,000 job losses around the country, but Conyers predicted it would lead to two million lost jobs.
"Cutting two million jobs nationwide and slowing the growth of our gross domestic product by half a percent will barely make a dent in our debt and will result in widespread misery," he said. "It could even throw us back into recession."
President Obama met with congressional leaders Friday morning on the sequester, but most downplayed the chances that this meeting would lead to any quick or easy solution to avoiding the cuts. Republicans have said they oppose the across-the-board nature of the cuts, but have refused to trade the total number of cuts for any increase in taxes.
Democrats, in contrast, have proposed legislation that would raise billions of dollars in new taxes to help offset the cuts.
Reps. Alan GraysonAlan GraysonWhy Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog Could bipartisanship rise with Trump government? Schumer under pressure to add Sanders to leadership team MORE (D-Fla.), Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson-LeeA guide to the committees: House House passes bill to roll back restrictions on unemployment drug testing Black Caucus Dems take to Senate to protest Sessions MORE (D-Texas) and Frederica WilsonFrederica WilsonA guide to the committees: House CBC to Trump: Keep Richard Cordray, ensure the protection of American consumers On Africa, will isolationist Trump fight an internationalist Congress? MORE (D-Fla.) co-sponsored Conyers's bill.