Democrat Senate Finance Chairman on Sequester: 'The White House Recommended It'

Stephen Gutowski
By Stephen Gutowski | February 20, 2013 | 1:10 PM EST

Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said Tuesday that "the president is part of the sequester" and "the White House recommended it, frankly." when asked about the sequester by KPAX at the Billings Chamber Newsmakers Forum in Billings Montana.

His remarks come at a time when the White House and Republicans are arguing about who deserves blame for the cuts.

Despite admitting the White House was involved in creating sequestration, Baucus says that others share the responsibility:

"The president is part of the sequester. The White House recommended it, frankly, back in August 2011. And so now we're feeling the effects of it. Now, I don't want to say the President is solely to blame. He's not. I'ts both the president and the congress. The President and the Speaker who put together this deal. So now we're feeling the effects of this deal."

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