“Once that top line number is established, for them to manage the funds in a way that's most appropriate. They know where the waste is, they know what are the lower priorities, and what are higher priorities, and it gives them the power to manage their agencies correctly,” said Ribble.
Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson predicts the sequester will happen. The Republican told FOX 11 he doesn't want to see cuts in the defense department. He is calling on President Obama to fix the problem.
“What he should be doing is hunkering down as a responsible manager, as the CEO, as the Commander in Chief, making sure that the cuts do not threaten further American security,” said Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin in a phone interview.
In comments provided by her office, Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin said Senate Democrats will introduce this week a solution that would remove the sequester for one year.
“This arbitrary and indiscriminate across the board cuts will reduce, according to many economists, expected GDP growth by half, at a time when we need to be focused on growing the economy,” said Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin.
Republican Congressman Tom Petri thinks the sequester will happen. Petri says the political turmoil outweighed concerns about the economy.
“I think people are more concerned about the fact that we end up coming to these sorts of stalemate situations, rather than reaching agreements to manage our affairs more sensibly,” said Rep. Tom Petri, R-6th District.
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