Boehner Tells Senate to Get ‘Off Their Ass’ and Deal With Sequester

By Elizabeth Harrington | February 26, 2013 | 11:38am EST

House Speaker John Boehner.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

( – The House of Representatives, in the last session of Congress, passed two bills to replace the sequester – and now it’s time for the Senate to get “off their ass” and do likewise, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters on Tuesday.

“We have moved a bill in the House twice,” Boehner said.  “We should not have to move a third bill before the Senate gets off their ass and begins to do something.”

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Boehner said President Barack Obama is not “focused on trying to find a solution” to the automatic, indiscriminate spending reductions that will begin to take effect on Friday.

“The president has been traveling all over the country and today going down to Newport News, in order to use our military men and women as a prop in yet another campaign rally to support his tax hikes,” Boehner said.  “Now the American people know, the president gets more money they’re just going to spend it.  The fact is that he’s gotten his tax hikes.”

“It’s time to focus on the real problem here in Washington and that is spending,” he said. “The President has known for 16 months that this sequester was looming out there when the super committee failed to come to an agreement.”

“And so for 16 months the President’s been traveling all over the country holding rallies instead of sitting down with Senate leaders in order to try to forge an agreement over there in order to move a bill,” Boehner said.  “We have moved a bill in the House twice.”

“We should not have to move a third bill before the Senate gets off their ass and begins to do something.”

The Senate is expected to vote this week on legislation that would replace the sequester, but press reports say no bill is expected to pass.

Democrats insist that higher tax revenue should be part of any solution, while Republicans say Democrats have already had their tax increase and now is the time to focus on spending cuts.

Speaking on CNN Monday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he's will to raise revenue (taxes) on one condition: "I'm willing to raise $600 billion in new revenue if my Democratic friends would be willing to reform entitlement so we can fix sequestration together. Because if you don't think it's that bad, why don't you come up with your own plan?"

President Obama was traveling to the Newport News Shipbuilding on Tuesday to warn about the consequences of letting sequestration happen.

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