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Boehner: Senate needs to 'get off their ass'

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The House in 2012 approved measures twice to replace the cuts known as sequestration, but because a new Congress began in January, those bills are now inoperative. Still, Boehner has been adamant that the Senate move first in 2013 if Democrats want to stave off the cuts to military and domestic programs.

“It’s time for the Senate to act,” Boehner said. “It’s not about the House. We’ve acted.”

The House is not scheduled to be in session Friday, when the cuts will begin to take effect, but the Speaker said the lower chamber would be prepared to respond to Senate action.

“If the Senate acts, I’m sure the House will act quickly,” he said.

The Senate plans to vote on two competing measures to replace or modify the sequester, but neither is expected to achieve the 60-vote threshold needed to advance.

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