Here’s how Boehner sold the sequester to his Republican caucus 18 months ago
The illustration above shows the final slide in a Power Point presentation House Speaker John Boehner sent to his fellow Republican lawmakers in July, 2011.
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Although he now blamesPresident Obama for the draconian spending cut set to take effectMarch 1, just days before it passed, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) characterized the so-called sequester to Republicans as a way to hold the president accountable…
Within two days, the Budget Control Act — a debt limit hike, a wave of nearly $1 trillion in spending cuts, and the sequester — was overwhelmingly passed by Congress and signed into law by Obama. “When you look at this final agreement that we came to with the White House, I got 98 percent of what I wanted,” Boehner told CBS News at the time. “I’m pretty happy.”
Eighteen months later, with one week before the $1 trillion in deep, indiscriminate cuts to defense and domestic programs begin to take effect, Boehner is blaming Obama and refusing to consider any new tax revenues as part of a deal to avoid the sequester. Republican leaders insist that it should be avoided with only spending cuts.
Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel argues that the PowerPoint presentation was sent to the House GOP conference after the deal was struck and therefore “proves nothing at all.”