“This is not the time for a road show president,” said Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the third-ranking House Republican.
At the same time, the GOP is rejecting the president’s call for more tax revenue to replace the cuts, and Boehner gave no indication the House would act before the cuts take effect March 1.
“Well, Mr. President, you got your tax increase. It’s time to cut spending here in Washington,” Boehner said. “Instead of using our military men and women as campaign props, if the president were serious, he’d sit down with Harry Reid and begin to address our problems. The House has acted twice. We shouldn’t have to act a third time for the Senate to begin to do their work.”
The Senate is expected to hold votes on dueling plans to deal with sequestration this week, but neither is expected to pass.
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