Washington, D.C. —Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement after House Republicans initiated attempts to undo last summer’s bipartisan Budget Control Act.
“Sequestration is a tough pill to swallow. But that was the point. Those cuts were designed to be tough enough to force lawmakers to compromise. They were designed to be tough enough to force the two sides to reach a balanced deal.
“But Republicans refused to be reasonable. They refused to raise even a penny of new revenue, or ask millionaires to contribute their fair share to help reduce our deficit and our debt. Republicans insisted on balancing the budget on the backs of the middle class, seniors, students, single mothers and so many others who could least afford it. And it is their intransigence – their refusal to compromise – that leaves us facing the threat of the sequester, and its difficult but balanced cuts.
“Democrats agree we must reduce our deficit and make hard choices. But we believe in a balanced approach that shares the pain as well as the responsibility.”