On Tuesday, McConnell spoke about a letter the administration sent out to private-sector employers this week issuing guidance that said companies did not need to issue the layoff warnings because it is unclear whether sequestration will go forward, or how it would be implemented.
“Government workers should prepare for cuts but private businesses and employers shouldn’t,” McConnell said. “Not a week goes by without us seeing the president’s absolute contempt for the private sector.”
Both the Senate and the House passed a bill last week requesting that the president outline the defense cuts that would be required by sequestration that takes place in January, but McConnell complained they have received no answers yet.
“Congress actually had to pass a law forcing [Obama] to explain these cuts,” McConnell said. “And he hasn’t signed that bill yet.”
McConnell said it’s unfair of Obama to ask the private sector not to notify their workers that they might be laid off just because it would help his reelection campaign in November. He questioned why private-sector workers “don’t even deserve to know if your job is on the chopping block?”
“The fact that they’re voting in swing states is no reason to leave them wondering,” McConnell said.