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Rosario Marin: Furloughs Were Unnecessary Pain, Nonsense

- May 1, 2013

Sometimes I cannot help but wonder out loud, just precisely what were they thinking. I am talking about last week’s almost comical, if it was not so painful, air traffic controller furloughs at the FAA, which created more than 1,000 flight delays.... Continue Reading »

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White House Doubles Down On Opposition To Sequester Flexibility

- April 30, 2013

Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Doubled Down On The White House's Opposition To Flexibility In Sequestration Cuts.... Continue Reading »

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Sequestering Common Sense

- April 29, 2013

Democrats Have Thus Far "Resisted Bills Giving Them The Ability To Choose, Within Sequestration's Broad Parameters, How To Allocate The Cuts." ... Continue Reading »

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Will there be more smarter cuts?

- April 26, 2013

Feigning calamity and holding Americans hostage on the tarmac, Obama and the Democrats have now retreated from their political stunt after the public caught on to their act. Their vote on the “FAA fix,” is an admission by the Democrats that smarter sequester cuts are possible, just as the Republicans have been saying. The questions is – are they willing to put political gamesmanship aside and make smarter cuts on other important issues?... Continue Reading »

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Memo To @PressSec On FAA Furloughs: “The Obama Administration Made A Terrible Miscalculation”

- April 26, 2013

Chicago Tribune: “Somewhere Between The Oval Office And A Snarled Airport Near You, The Stunt Pilots In The Obama Administration Made A Terrible Miscalculation.”... Continue Reading »

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Obama's Fiasco Aviation Administration

- April 25, 2013

Bloomberg Government Found That The FAA "Has More Than Enough Air Traffic Controllers To Manage Furloughs Without Flight Delays." "The Federal Aviation Administration has more than enough air traffic controllers to manage furloughs without flight delays, according to a Bloomberg Government analysis of the agency's staffing data." (Matthew Hummer, "FAA Has Room For Furloughs Without Flight Delays: BGOV Insight,"... Continue Reading »

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WH Never Sure Of Sequester Impact On White House Staff

- March 26, 2013

In case you missed this from today’s White House briefing… seems even though the White House is always sure about their sequester scare tactics, they are NEVER sure of the impact of the sequester on White House staff.... Continue Reading »

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Democrats To Obama: Sequester Your Talking Points

- March 6, 2013

"The Obama Administration Has Overreached Three Times In The Past 10 Days In Attempting To Illustrate The Negative Impact Of The Sequester Spending Cuts In The Short Term…" "The Obama administration has overreached three times in the past 10 days in attempting to illustrate the negative impact of the sequester spending cuts in the short term, giving fodder to those seeking to play down the impact of the cuts." (Brian Montopoli, "Obama Administration Struggles To Illustrate Pain From Sequester," CBS News, 3/6/13)... Continue Reading »

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it's getting embarrassing...

- March 6, 2013

Another day, another round of embarrassing stories for the White House. First Washington Post’s Fact Checker proves another Obama sequester claim false and then Ezra Klein has a column pointing out the Obama White House has declined to take the opportunity to fix the sequester the smart way. See both below.... Continue Reading »

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Obama’s Sequester Takes Effect

- March 1, 2013

"Sequester Spin Gets Ahead Of Reality." (Karen Tumulty and Lyndsey Layton, "Sequester Spin Gets Ahead Of Reality," The Washington Post, 2/27/13) "The Descriptions Of The Post-Sequester Landscape Coming From The Obama Administration Have Been Alarming, Specific - And, In At Least Some Cases, Hyped." (Karen Tumulty and Lyndsey Layton, "Sequester Spin Gets Ahead Of Reality," The Washington Post, 2/27/13)... Continue Reading »

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Reid's Joke Of A Bill

- February 28, 2013

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) Unveiled The "American Family Economic Protection Act" To Replace The Sequester. "Today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, unveiled the American Family Economic Protection Act -- legislation to replace the indiscriminate, across the board federal spending cuts known as 'the sequester' with an alternative deficit reduction proposal that includes a balanced mix of spending cuts and revenue increases." (Press Release, "Summary Of The American Family Economic Protection Act," Senate Finance Committee, 2/27/13)... Continue Reading »

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Poking Holes In Obama’s Sequester Report

- February 27, 2013

A Closer Look At Obama's State-By-State Sequester Report Reveals That "Some Of The Scariest Stuff Is Going To Happen In Slow Motion - If It Happens At All." "Read President Barack Obama's state-by-state breakdown of the sequester and you get a dire message: The sky is going to fall on March 1. But a closer read of the detailed reports shows that some of the scariest stuff is going to happen in slow motion - if it happens at all." (David Nather, "Is Obama Telling The Truth About Sequestration?" Politico, 2/25/13)... Continue Reading »

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Sequestration By The Numbers

- February 26, 2013

In Fiscal Year 2013, The Cuts That Result From Sequestration - $85 Billion - Would Equate To A 2.3 Percent Cut To The Federal Government's Overall Budget, Or 2.3 Cents On Every Dollar That The Government Spends This Year. (Doug Elmendorf, "Looming Policy Decisions May Have A Substantial Effect On The Budget Outlook,"Congressional Budget Office, 2/6/13; "The Budget And Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2013 To 2023," Congressional Budget Office, 2/5/13)... Continue Reading »

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Obama’s Ubiquitous Façade

- February 22, 2013

Obama: "I don't know why it is in this town folks leave stuff to the last minute. There is no other profession, no other industry where people wait until the 11th hour to solve these big problems. And obviously, it creates a lot of uncertainty in our economy." (President Barack Obama, Interview With WJZ (CBS), 2/20/13)... Continue Reading »

Press Release

RNC Releases New Web Video "The Obama Sequester"

- February 21, 2013

The Republican National Committee (RNC) has released a new web video "The Obama Sequester," showing President Obama's hypocrisy with the upcoming sequester cuts. The sequester came from President Obama and now he has decided to place blame on Congress rather than provide a solution of his own. He was for sequestration before he was against it.... Continue Reading »

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Speaker Boehner Op-Ed: “The President is raging against a budget crisis he created”

- February 20, 2013

“A week from now, a dramatic new federal policy is set to go into effect that threatens U.S. national security, thousands of jobs and more. In a bit of irony, President Obama stood Tuesday with first responders who could lose their jobs if the policy goes into effect. Most Americans are just hearing about this Washington creation for the first time: the sequester. What they might not realize from Mr. Obama's statements is that it is a product of the president's own failed leadership…... Continue Reading »

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They Said It!

- February 12, 2013

SEN. ROGER WICKER (R-MS): "The President a few days ago proposed a 'balanced approach' to paying for sequestration in another way involving revenue increases and a different approach to making the budget savings. What would be the score of the President's proposal in this regard?" CBO DIRECTOR DOUGLAS ELMENDORF: "So Senator, we have not seen a specific proposal, so I don't know what it would be - " SEN. WICKER: "You know I haven't seen a specific proposal either, so it's hard to score that speech that the President made, isn't it?" ELMENDORF: "Yes, Senator."... Continue Reading »

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Obama Senior Adviser: Haven’t Talked To Congressional Leaders About The Obama Sequester

- February 12, 2013

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Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) Delivers Republican Weekly Report

- November 17, 2012

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Obama Fact Checked On His Debate Sequestration Claims

- October 25, 2012

Obama: “First of all, the sequester is not something that I proposed. It’s something that Congress has proposed. It will not happen.”... Continue Reading »

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The Obama White House Is Already Backpedaling On Obama’s Debate Sequestration Comments

- October 23, 2012

Fox News' Bret Baier: "So, Apparently 'Will Not Happen' Has Become 'Should Not Happen.'" FOX NEWS' BRET BAIER: "Megyn you mentioned the sequester earlier, the massive cut to the Defense Department, the Pentagon, that's coming up on January 2. The president said tonight that the sequester will not happen. That was a key moment. And it did make news. Well now, the White House, the campaign is back-peddling. David Plouffe saying in the Spin Room just behind you, pressed on this, he said repeatedly to reporters, everyone in Washington agrees the sequester quote should not happen. And asked again, and he said it should not happen. So apparently 'will not happen' has become 'should not happen.' We'll see what happens with that." ... Continue Reading »

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Obama Hits Romney's Military Spending But Ignores His Own Military Commanders' Call For Sequestration Relief

- October 4, 2012

Obama Criticized Mitt Romney For His Plan To Protect Funding For U.S. National Security. OBAMA: "So, all of this is possible. Now, in order for us to do it, we do have to close our deficit, and one of the things I'm sure we'll be discussing tonight is, how do we deal with our tax code, and how do we make sure that we are reducing spending in a responsible way, but also how do we have enough revenue to make those investments? And this is where there's a difference because Governor Romney's central economic plan calls for a $5 trillion tax cut, on top of the extension of the Bush tax cuts, so that's another $2 trillion, and $2 trillion in additional military spending that the military hasn't asked for. That's $8 trillion. How we pay for that, reduce the deficit and make the investments that we need to make without dumping those costs on the middle-class Americans I think is one of the central questions of this campaign."... Continue Reading »

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Sequestration’s “Chilling” Effect In Virginia

- September 27, 2012

"Virginia Job Losses Under Sequestration Could Be Permanent." ... Continue Reading »

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Obama's Sequestration

- September 15, 2012

Obama Outlined $109 Billion Worth Of Cuts Set To Take Effect In FY2013 . "The White House Office of Management and Budget said in the report to Congress today that it would have to chop $109 billion from government programs in fiscal 2013, split evenly with $54.7 billion coming from defense and $54.7 billion from programs outside defense, including an $11 billion reduction, or 2 percent, from Medicare."... Continue Reading »

Press Release

ICYMI: The Danger of Obama’s Inaction on Sequestration

- July 31, 2012

"Only a handful of legislative days remain to resolve the devastating cuts to our military, known as sequestration, before the campaign trail becomes the sole focus of political activity.... Continue Reading »

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The Big Fail: Obama's Sequestration State-By-State

- July 24, 2012

Obama’s FY 2013 Budget Cuts Defense Spending By $487 Billion Over The Next Ten Years. “An array of military programs, from fighter jets to retiree benefits, would be nicked to squeeze savings in the Pentagon's $525 billion budget for 2013, according to officials and documents released Monday. The proposed 2013 budget represents the Pentagon's first installment in a plan to reduce its projected spending by $487 billion over 10 years. Congress must approve the changes.”... Continue Reading »

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RNC Launches Web Video Highlighting President Obama’s Leadership Failure on the SuperCommittee

- November 22, 2011

The Republican National Committee (RNC) launched a new web video "Failure of Leadership" showcasing President Obama’s lack of leadership with the Super Committee negotiations. With America’s debt now above $15 trillion, we need a president who is serious about getting our spending under control, not one who is focused on his own reelection.... Continue Reading »

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