(House of Representatives - February 14, 2013)

Text available as:

Formatting necessary for an accurate reading of this text may be shown by tags (e.g., <DELETED> or <BOLD>) or may be missing from this TXT display. For complete and accurate display of this text, see the PDF.


[Page H515]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []

                              {time}  1210
                             THE SEQUESTER

  (Mr. DeFAZIO asked and was given permission to address the House for 
1 minute.)
  Mr. DeFAZIO. Sequester. Well, that's inside-the-Beltway jargon. It 
means stupid, indiscriminate, across-the-board budget cuts. Cut things 
that are valuable--Coast Guard Rescue--and cut things that are obsolete 
and unneeded--registration for a draft that doesn't exist--the same 
  Now, the Republicans are pointing fingers, but I think the finger's 
going to get pointed right back at them. They're calling it the 
``Obamaquester''? Come on now, you've got to be kidding.
  Don't they remember their tax pledge to Grover Norquist that has ever 
forever bound them to starving the Federal Government of revenue? Now 
look where that got us, when they threatened to default on the debt. It 
got us the sequester. They refused to compromise and forced us into 
another self-made arbitrary crisis.
  No, it's not an ``Obamaquester''; it's a ``GroverNorquester.''