House Leader Suggests 'Common Sense Alternatives' to Sequester

February 21, 2013

The dreaded automatic spending cuts slated to kick in March 1 could be avoided with some “common-sense alternatives” to reduce waste in agency budgets, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said on Wednesday, the day before a USA Today-Pew Research Center poll showed a majority of Americans backing President Obama’s approach to the fiscal stalemate.

“President Obama is warning of the grave effects of the sequester he proposed in 2011,” Cantor said in a statement. “House Republicans agree this is not the best way to cut spending….Rather than offer serious spending cuts to replace the sequester, President Obama offers more of the same politics and argues for more tax revenue.”

Instead of putting “public safety and national security at risk,” Cantor argued for reducing improper payments, which totaled $115 billion in fiscal 2011, as well as curbing duplication in overlapping programs the Government Accountability Office has identified.

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