By Mike Lillis - 09/17/13 10:00 AM EDT
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has emerged as one of the fiercest advocates for eliminating the sequester as Congress seeks a viable plan to avoid a government shutdown.
Hoyer, the House minority whip, has long decried the across-the-board cuts in federal spending as a senseless policy that’s damaging to domestic programs, national defense and the economy.
“I am not going to vote to continue the sequester,” Hoyer told reporters Tuesday in the Capitol. “I believe it is inimical to the interests of the United States of America — to our government, to our economy and to our national security.”