- thenWhen Congress raised the debt limit last summer, part of the deal included cuts to defense spending that would automatically kick in if the deficit Super Committee failed. It did fail, and John Boehner confirmed last November that he felt bound to honor the cuts (which should have been assumed, but nevermind).
- now“Just kidding!” Boehner is now saying that “we should have never had the sequester” (the formal term for the triggered cuts), and has announced his intent to reneg on the deal he signed. Sorry, John, but that’s not how this works; you may get the House to pass this, but something tells us Senate Democrats won’t be on board. source
» Question: If Boehner goes ahead with this, will anybody, Democrat or Republican, have any reason to believe he’s negotiating in good faith next time a deal needs to be reached? Obstructionism is one thing, but to make an agreement, pass that agreement in the form of legislation, and then attempt to get out of that agreement when things don’t go your way is another. Make no mistake; the debt ceiling will have to be raised again; we’re not sure how negotiations can even commence, let alone conclude, if this is how Boehner plans to go about things.
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