Sequester: GOP Reacts to Automatic Spending Cuts

House Speaker Boehner and team of Republicans say "goal is to cut spending, not shut down government."
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This is -- special hopefuls from the ABC news now. And lets us then now's house -- John Boehner is about to address the sequester cuts -- here. Spending is the problem. Here in Washington and our goal is to cut spending. Not to have to shut the government down. The president agreed last week of the -- should rear admiral. I'm hopeful that this -- -- -- -- resolution. Will find easy passage both of the house and the senate. Lastly report on Friday once again makes clear -- no reason for the Keystone Pipeline to be blocked for another day. The president and a president alone. Stands between. These tens of thousands of American jobs. And more. North American. Oil for our refineries. And is time for him to say yes. You know after four years of needless to delays. It's -- -- for the president to stand up for middle class jobs. And noble get about -- to give him a Keystone Pipeline minister struck. Good morning as big said we're gonna bring to the floor this week a -- resolution to yes avoid. The government shut down and to promote some type of economic certain day. And in the same time. Try and reduce the level of spending -- here in Washington. I think all of us from both sides of the aisle has said that sequester is not the Smart way of accomplishing the reduction in spending. But it seems it's the only kind of reduction that the president. Mama lives with because he has to it's the law. We remain committed to continue to try and -- some type of resolution. Where there's a balanced approach. To managing down that debt and deficit meaning balancing it and ten -- in our way of looking at things but also identifying where their areas of waste. I think they're very few Americans who wouldn't subscribe to the notion that there isn't some waste you could cut here in Washington. And that's what our committees are going to be about doing this week next and beyond trying to go about doing what everyone in this country's been forced to do. In these tough economic times which is to tighten the belt and -- learn how to do more with -- I think that some clearly from the evidence of -- Gallup poll that was out lately about the president's approval rating. You know I think that I'm clearly people -- tried tired of the political games. In this town and they want to see some resolution of some problems. We remain committed to trying to focus on resolving problems. We remain committed trying to help those are unemployed. We're going to be bringing up the skills that next week that is a bill that I think both -- come together on -- provide some assistance for those who don't have the right kind of training. Or skills so they can access. The unfilled jobs that are out there are many of the industry sectors. As you just heard from the speaker and -- leader spirit of legislation. That the house is focusing on to put the country back to work from -- energy policy. To eliminating waste. To a skills. Training individuals get back to work. As a -- the -- the challenges within Washington is sometimes we have different goals in the president. One thing that now found after reading the Washington Post the president has a total different goal for America. His goal is to bring Nancy Pelosi back -- speaker. -- -- -- -- election night. After winning you talking you thanked those who supported you and you think about what you want to achieve. For the next term. The president what he -- he called Nancy Pelosi and Steve Israel. He did not call Harry Reid to talk about legislation to move in the -- He did not call speaker Boehner and say the election is over let's work together put America first. He called the that is not the goal of America. America believes the election is over that the road show president should stop we should start an agenda that puts people back to work. That's the difference in the frustration that the house has with the White House. This last week I had the chance to sit down with some young people -- also. Food expressed their concern over the nation's spending problem. And what they told me is that they would like a solution. They are united. Around the need for us to. Find a solution today to our spending problems so that the next generation young people in America will have a brighter future. And one Gallup she told me that she just graduated from college she was very excited about -- the opportunities that America had to offer her. And yet most people were telling her to expect five years of unemployment. Another -- was a sophomore in college. Who's taken on some debt and she said I'm I'm questioning whether or not I'll go to grad graduate school. And take on further debt because I don't have confidence they'll be a job waiting for army upon graduation. Unfortunately. These challenges are not unique their experiences are not uncommon. And a sixteen trillion dollar debt. It is not just a number that we throw out is not just a price tag. That we have on this country. It's the out of control spending that is threatening that next generation. The next generation of American leaders from the jobs that they will have once -- graduate. And the next generation. And the skills that they need to make sure that America will remain competitive moving forward. And why is this because spending is a problem so we continue to urge the Democrats who do run this town. To make the responsible spending cuts and as Republicans we are committed. We're committed just smarter approach to to spending reductions and reforms. And getting America on track. Fiscally so that that next generation will have a bright future. Second 2000 and paint then senator Barack Obama said it was and patriotic and irresponsible. -- that our national debt has had increased four trillion dollars. Here we are halfway through an eight year term for President Obama the national debt has already increased on his watch six. Trillion dollars. We have a spending problem. And yet the president continues. To want to raise taxes he got a trillion dollars in taxes with his health care bill. He got -- 700 billion at the beginning of the year and -- roaming the country -- closing loopholes. That I'm pleased to hear because Republicans and the house have been talking about closing loopholes as a part -- amount comprehensive tax reform for the last two years. That if he uses the tax loopholes closing flat tax loopholes to pay for his addiction to spending then that kills. That amount comprehensive tax reform which is what the Ways and Means Committee has been working so hard -- last two years and has and an intent to pass this next two years. At taxes. Is not the problem here and Washington we will -- -- -- tax revenue ahead this year than we've ever collect. -- in the history of this nation. As CBO recently predicted that tax revenues under current law -- dabble in the next ten years go from 2.4 trillion F five trillion. And ten short years. Spending is a problem every hardworking American family has had to cut 2%. Adam their -- -- when they saw their taxes go up at the beginning of the year. And it's time for Washington to do this same. Good morning my name is Steve Danes -- -- -- freshman member from the state of Montana. Title have a little different Reza -- perhaps than that most backing congress I'm not a lawyer. I spent 28 years the private sector I'm an engineer by degree. As engineers were tied had to solve problems -- -- last 28 years had been creating jobs and understanding why you need to balance the budget. Understanding and businesses and -- family budgets yet to find ways to do more with less. I ran for congress not because I was having a mid -- crisis. I left the private sector because I saw -- looming financial crisis that was coming to this country. My wife Cindy and I we have four children I have to college graduates rating enter the workforce into -- high school and looking out for their future. I represent one million Montana ends. And I can tell you what we can take a page from the playbook from the state of Montana in Montana would require a balanced budget. And issue in the legislature meets they'll have a balanced budget in -- running a surplus in my home state I think we could take some of those ideas back here to Washington. We take ideas from -- hardworking -- They represent back in Montana that's a single mom trying to raise a couple of kids she knows that she can't spend more than she takes in its unsustainable. And that is a story here back in Washington. We have a responsibility. The American people. -- responsibility to our kids to ensure that we responsibly manage -- spending. That we reform our government not just to get RC -- through here for the next six months put us back on a path for the next 51020. Years. There will have a lasting solution lasting economic growth. -- and we leave our kids better than we got from her parents. I don't normally do this but -- Today as mr. programs -- -- I'll save fuel after -- So. Best. -- -- -- German Iran and the Budget Committee members are -- him of all of our members. To tried to belated -- work for successful passage of -- but. We've -- a budget each of the last two years we've been back to majority. Hopefully. Hopefully the Santo. Keep their word and -- a budget for the first time in four years. But they're working through this and I'm sure the will be able come to some agreement. Ivica will let them work it out and -- -- -- but I commend you. And they were concerned and and the fact -- -- -- This analysis our goals to cut spending not to shut down the government. -- we're gonna move the CR this week and we would hope that the settlement take this bill up to move quickly. -- the president -- on Friday. Agreed that there's no reason million and was some debate about shutting down the government. It's just not Smart a Smart thing to do -- him. -- I can predict what the -- will or won't do. -- our bill but I would hope they would take it up expeditiously impasse. -- -- For all -- vs loosely president Obama's being -- billionaire about it. -- wave -- in terms of these budget battles that he wants to move on to other issues -- immigration and possibly done. What do you feel about that in with the appetites of those movies in the house representatives at this time -- Listen because of the president's reluctance to cut spending. Always been caught in this this. This battle of having clips and haven't. These deadlines. This is no way to form a government. But until the president gets serious about -- serious structural spending problem we count. We're gonna have to do what. Suggests the president -- The best and we can do is find some way to get the senate finally do their work. Have a larger -- the begins. To address the spending -- puts us on a path to balance the budget over the next ten years. Saying get out of this this cliff business that has not good for the country of rustic -- -- go through this band I would also arteries. That because we've -- all of these fiscal -- issues and other a lot of other issues that the American people want us to address. Next week will be addressing the skills -- Where we take these job training and retraining programs. Simplifying them combine. -- and put more effort into training people. -- for the jobs -- to American businesses have available today. A lot of other things that we need to do -- -- -- with what we have along a list of things we'd like to deal with. I'm sure it is Lewis is little different to ours but this I've made it clear on an immigration. We need to continue to work in a bipartisan fashion like we have them to deal -- this very complex issue. Against women act passed out without a majority of the majority and I was the -- ones this year. It's do you think that's gonna keep happening here -- lesser velocity and. Well listen that we tried to everything we could do to find. To -- to differences in our conference resolved. The factors as they couldn't resolve their differences and it was time to deal but the decision. And we did but this was not. It's not a practice -- never expected to continue. Long term. On the outside of the building. Emergency. Too much and cutting. I think it's the biggest threat to the future of our country that's why there's so much focus on him. Lots while I'm hopeful looked. The president and senate Democrats will get serious about moving a bill. -- -- -- to solve our long term spending -- And that we begin to deal will all the other issues will be primitive aspects -- And house speaker John Bigelow Republicans make an argument what they believe there is no deal in ending the sequester starting this past Saturday 85 billion dollars in spending cuts went into effect spending the next ten months affecting non defense and defense spending and as you heard right there from the house speaker and the house majority -- The problem in their eyes is not revenue but spending. As they have been at odds with the White House course we'll have a complete recap on abcnews.com. For now though. I'm Dan Cutler -- New York returning you to your regularly scheduled program. -- it's -- -- special with the from in the ABC news now.

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