Alexander: Sequester Would Demonstrate a "Complete Failure" of Presidential Leadership

Posted on February 28, 2013

Says sequester a “simple problem to solve,” President Obama “welcome to borrow” Corker-Alexander plan to reduce debt by $1 trillion

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“If the president spent one-tenth of the time developing a plan that he has spent cynically campaigning around the country engaging in scare tactics, the problem would be solved.”  – Lamar Alexander 

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today called on President Obama to lead, instead of “cynically campaigning around the country,” by producing a plan to replace the sequester, saying the president’s public campaign to alarm Americans about the cuts amount to “scare tactics without a solution.”

Alexander said, “This is a very simple problem to solve, and if it’s not solved it’s a complete failure of presidential leadership. If the president spent one-tenth of the time developing a plan that he has spent cynically campaigning around the country, engaging in scare tactics, the problem would be solved. If he’d send us a plan, we could consider it and solve this problem in a sensible way by the end of March.”

Alexander and fellow Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker have introduced legislation that would reduce the growth in entitlement spending by nearly $1 trillion. Alexander said, “Since the president hasn’t come up with a plan of his own, he’s welcome to borrow our plan to address the real problem when it comes to spending, which is out-of-control entitlement spending.”

Alexander’s statement came amid news reports that the president invited congressional leaders to the White House to discuss the sequester this Friday – the same day that $85 billion in automatic spending cuts, known as the sequester and authorized under the Budget Control Act of 2011, are set to take effect.

“The president proposed the sequester, Congress enacted it and he has had 18 months to suggest a different way to do it,” Alexander said. “Instead of campaigning and waiting to schedule his first meeting with congressional leaders about the sequester until the day it goes into effect, the president should have been working with Congress. There’s no excuse for the delay and the theatrics and the lack of presidential leadership.”

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