Republicans in the House of Representatives sought Tuesday to aggressively debunk dire claims by the Obama administration about some of the impacts of the across-the-board federal spending cuts known as sequestration.
At two oversight committee hearings, Republican lawmaker after lawmaker teed off on representatives from the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense and Agriculture, as well as from the Federal Communications Commission. They charged that the administration was politicizing the sequester by either over-hyping its impact or targeting budget cuts to maximize the pain they’d inflict on the public.
Republican members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee repeatedly pointed out that several claims by President Barack Obama and Cabinet officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, have been criticized by fact-checkers and editorial writers as exaggerating the impact of the $85 billion in mandatory cuts that began to take effect March 1.
“There’s the reality of sequestration, with the rhetoric of the Obama administration,” said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio. “The Obama administration has misled the American people with horror story after horror story about the sequester.”