With no deal in sight to avoid $85 billion in automatic across-the-board federal spending cuts scheduled to kick in Friday, House Speaker John A. Boehner ramped up the blame game, telling the Capitol’s other chamber it’s time for them to move a certain body part.
“We should not have to move a third bill (in the House) before the Senate gets off their ass and begins to do something,” the Ohio Republican said during a Tuesday briefing with reporters.
The GOP-controlled House twice last year passed bills to replace the sequester with spending cuts, only to have the measures die in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
But the administration and Democrats counter that only a “balanced approach” that includes tax increases has a chance of passing both chambers. And they add the House bills died when the new Congress convened in January, and complain House leaders haven’t pushed new legislation this year to end the sequester.