Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement in response to President Obama's remarks today on the sequester:
“President Obama made it clear today that we need a long-term, big and balanced solution to deficits in order to turn off the looming sequester – reiterating the position he and Democrats have taken as we’ve faced our fiscal challenges. By indicating that he would accept a short-term agreement to delay the sequester through spending cuts and revenues, should a more comprehensive solution not be reached by the end of this month, the President demonstrated once again that he is ready to put country first and do what is necessary to avert economic disaster and allow time for Congress to work through its annual budget process.
“We cannot afford to play political games that lead to greater uncertainty for businesses and fewer job opportunities for our people. Democrats are ready to make the difficult choices necessary to restore fiscal discipline, and I hope Republicans will take action to show the American people that they are ready to do so as well.”