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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. REPORTER: "When people look at this, it becomes clear that it's simply a matter of reprogramming funds from one pocket to another, which means nothing to most people, and yet, average Americans are inconvenienced or worse by the sequester and find it difficult to believe I think in many cases not restricted to the Republican right that you couldn't do more about it." WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY: "Well, Bill, I appreciate the question. And I think it's really important that reporters, when they report on the sequester, because it is complicated, lay out these facts clearly. Congress had to pass a law because it was not possible legally to simply reprogram funds. That was established clearly, which is why Congress had to act. The sequester was written in a way that makes that the case. Congress had to act. That's why Congress did pass the measure that has fixed the problem within the FAA. The sequester was written in a way to make it bad policy, and that is why we are seeing the impacts that we have seen. What is also the case is that $80 billion-plus in cuts in seven months cannot be wished away through moving around some funds. As Secretary Duncan has said about funding for Education Department programs, the choice would be -- if that flexibility even existed -- do I help poor kids or do I help disabled kids? That is not how it is supposed to work. That is not how policy should work. And that's why Congress ought to do the responsible thing and eliminate the sequester by adopting the kind of broad, balanced deficit reduction package that the President supports and that the very American people that you've mentioned support." (Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 4/29/13)

It Is Becoming Clear That The White House's Staunch Refusal For Sequester Flexibility Is Making The Cuts More Painful

CBS's John Dickerson Said Republicans Have A Point When They Say That The Sequester's Cuts Can Be Done Wisely And Better. CBS's JOHN DICKERSON: "Another part of this was a relatively easy fix. The FAA didn't get more money. They just got flexibility to move money around which is part of the reason this happened so quickly." CBS's CHARLIE ROSE: "So does that mean the Republicans have a point when they say spending cuts can be done wisely and better?" DICKERSON: "Well, they do. And this is what irritates a lot of Democrats and at the White House because Republicans say yes, we can just be smart about these cuts and we can shrink the budget. What the white house was hoping is the pain from the sequestration - these across-the-board cuts would hit - and people would say we need a big fix to this cockeyed budget we've got." (CBS's " This Morning," 4/29/13)

Democrats Have Thus Far "Resisted Bills Giving Them The Ability To Choose, Within Sequestration's Broad Parameters, How To Allocate The Cuts." "At this point, it probably makes sense for the White House to push for and accept an expanded version of the Inhofe-Toomey billgiving them some discretion over how the cuts are distributed. So far, they've resisted bills giving them the ability to choose, within sequestration's broad parameters, how to allocate the cuts." (Ezra Klein, "The Democrats Have Lost On Sequestration," The Washington Post's WonkBlog, 4/26/13)

The Washington Post 's Ezra Klein: "At This Point, It Probably Makes Sense For The White House To Push For And Accept An Expanded Version Of The Inhofe-Toomey Bill Giving Them Some Discretion Over How The Cuts Are Distributed." (Ezra Klein, "The Democrats Have Lost On Sequestration," The Washington Post's WonkBlog, 4/26/13)

First The Food Inspectors, Then The FAA Get Flexibility From The Sequester

In March, " Obama Signed A Spending Bill That Gave The Agriculture Department's Food Inspectors What Everybody Else Wanted: A Get-Out-Of-The-Sequester Card." "The sequester was supposed to be something new in Washington: a budget cut you couldn't beat. Once it hit, it hit. The money was gone, and nobody could get it back. That turned out to be true - for about three weeks. Then somebody beat it. Last week, President Obama signed a spending bill that gave the Agriculture Department's food inspectors what everybody else wanted: a get-out-of-the-sequester card." (David A. Fahrenthold and Lisa Rein, "Beef With The Sequester? At Least One Federal Program Was Able To Beat It," The Washington Post , 3/31/13)

  • "This Was Sequester-Proofing." "This was sequester-proofing. After the sequester took its cut, the meat-inspection program would be left with almost as much money as it had before." (David A. Fahrenthold and Lisa Rein, "Beef With The Sequester? At Least One Federal Program Was Able To Beat It," The Washington Post , 3/31/13)

Today, Obama Is Expected To Sign The Bill Passed By Congress To End The Air Traffic Controller Furloughs That The White House Alleged Were Due To The Sequester. "President Obama is expected to sign the bill passed by Congress last week to end furloughs for air traffic controllers that were blamed for flight delays across the country on Tuesday." (Keith Laing, "Obama Expected To Sign FAA Bill Tuesday," The Hill's Transportation, 4/30/13)

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," Bloomberg Government , 4/24/13)

  • Bloomberg Government : "The FAA, With The Consent Of The Controllers' Union, Could Keep Sequestration From Affecting Flights By Targeting Furloughs At Airports With Excess Numbers Of Controllers, But The Agency Has Declined To Pursue That Strategy." (Matthew Hummer, "FAA Has Room For Furloughs Without Flight Delays: BGOV Insight," Bloomberg Government , 4/24/13)
  • Chicago Tribune : "Most Citizens Are Able To Read. They're Seeing Numerous Articles In The Public Prints Explaining How The Federal Aviation Administration's Layoff Scheme Created A Crisis That Simply Doesn't Have To Be." (Editorial, "The Stunt Pilots Misread Their Gauges," Chicago Tribune, 4/26/13)

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