The Washington Times - October 14, 2013, 12:21PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders said Monday that Democrats in Congress already made a “major concession” in agreeing to sequester cuts as part of a prior, short-term spending deal and should not have to lock in those cuts for a full year.

Mr. Sanders, a Vermont independent who caucuses with Democrats, told MSNBC that his colleagues were not “moving the goal posts” by taking a second look at the sequester budget cuts as part of a deal to reopen the government and raise the debt limit, even though Republicans are balking at the mere mention of toying with the sequester.


He said House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, should hold a vote on a “clean” continuing resolution to fund the government, because short-term deals to kick the can down the road a few weeks or months will not break the cycle of deadlock on Capitol Hill.

Republicans, Mr. Sanders told MSNBC’s “Jansing & Co.,” are suggesting “we can go through this insanity again.”