(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) Friday accused President Barack Obama of using “military families as pawns in his crusade for higher taxes.”
“It is unconscionable what the president is doing,” Roby said during a press conference on Capitol Hill on the automatic spending cuts, known as the sequester, that began to take effect today. “We cannot tax our way out of the sequester, these automatic cuts.
“We can’t tax our way out of debt,” she said. “The president received his tax increase in January, it’s time that he and the Senate get serious about mandatory spending reforms so we can reprioritize what matters most, and that is providing for a strong national defense.”
“And it is unconscionable for this president to use our military families as pawns in his crusade for higher taxes,” Roby said.
The automatic, across-the-board cuts, taken equally from defense and non-defense spending are a result of the Budget Control Act of 2011, which failed to find a minimum of $1.2 trillion in cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling.
Obama originally proposed the idea of the arbitrary cuts as a way to force a bipartisan “super committee” to come to an agreement over deficit reduction.
Despite securing tax rate increases on individuals earning $400,000 a year or more and families earning $450,000 during the deal to avert the fiscal cliff in January, Obama has not stopped arguing that wealthy Americans pay more in taxes. As the sequester approached, Obama argued that it should be replaced in a “balanced way” by closing tax loopholes on millionaires.