22 Republicans Who Want The Damaging Sequester To Occur

In four legislative days, the sequester will go into effect – endangering more than one million American jobs, harming middle class families and damaging our fragile economy. House “GOP leadership doesn’t have plans to pass” legislation to avert the sequester.

As the deadline nears, many Republicans are not only unwilling to look for bipartisan solutions to stop the sequester – they are gleefully looking forward to its impact on American families:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY):

“It’s pretty clear to me that the sequester is going to go into effect…Read my lips: I’m not interested in an 11th-hour negotiation.” [Washington Post, 2/12/13]

Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS):

“It’s going to be a homerun…I am very optimistic that on March 2nd, we’ll all wake up and America will have tremendous respect for what its House of Representatives led and what it’s federal government was able to accomplish.” [Politico, 2/13/13]

Republican Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis (R-WY):

“Sequestration will take place…I am excited. It will be the first time since I’ve been in Congress that we really have significant cuts.” [Billings Gazette, 2/11/13]

Republican Congressman Trey Radel (R-FL):

“We can stand them (sequestration cuts), and the country needs to stand them.” [YouTube, 2/27/13]

Republican Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA):

“I want to see it go into place.” [Cherokee Tribune, 2/9/13]

Republican Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL):

“He [President Obama] can announce all he wants. Sequestration is coming.” [Politico, 2/5/13]

Republican Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-TN):

“Sequestration needs to happen…Bottom line, it needs to happen and that’s the deal we struck to raise the debt limit.” [Cleveland Daily Banner, 2/1/13]

Republican Congressman Larry Bucshon (R-IN):

“Honestly, not too many people in Washington, D.C. on either side are that concerned that this level of cuts is going to cause any significant difficulty for the American people.” [YouTube, 3/1/13]

Republican Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI):

“I think some of these catastrophic claims are not going to be realized. I think they’re overplaying that.” [YouTube, 3/1/13]

GOP Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY):

“It has to. There’s no question the sequester is going to go into effect…because we have to live within our means.” [YouTube, 2/25/13]

GOP Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX):

“Yes, they’re gonna complain about it, but it’s a step in the right direction.” [YouTube, 2/25/13]

Republican Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA):

Conservatives should “bank a win” on sequester. [CHQ, 2/26/13]

Republican Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC):

“We want to keep the sequester in place and take the cuts we can get.” [Dow Jones Business News, 2/8/13]

Republican Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-KS):

“The majority of the caucus agrees that at the minimum, the spending cuts we have already agreed on, must happen.” [U.S. News, 2/6/13]

Republican Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK):

“We would rather see those cuts happen…I can assure you that there will not be a political blink on this. These cuts will occur.” [U.S. News, 2/6/13]

Republican Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA):

“We’re willing to let it go through till they (Democrats) respond to us.” [McClatchy, 2/6/13]

Republican Congressman Jim Lankford (R-OK):

“We’d rather do it another way. But if the only way it can be done is sequestration, then it has to be done.” [Politico, 2/5/13]

Republican Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH):

“It’s going to happen. I’m convinced it’s going to happen and frankly it should happen.” [FRC, 2/25/13]

Republican Congressman Tom Price (R-GA):

“It must be done in order to get us on a path so that we can get this economy rolling again.” [YouTube, 2/22/13]

Republican Senator John Barrasso (R-WY):

“Let me be very clear – and I’d say this to the president as I say it to you – these spending cuts are going to go through on March 1.” [CNN, 2/17/13]

Republican Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK):

“I think sequester’s going to happen…I think people want it to happen.” [NYT, 1/31/13]

Republican Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT):

“I’m for sequestration.” [Salt Lake Tribune, 2/20/13]

The House should not recess and Members of Congress should not go home until we finish our work, reach an agreement, and avert this crisis. Democrats are eager to work with Republicans to find solutions, not sequesters. We have put a responsible plan on the table to create growth with jobs, strengthen the middle class, and reduce the deficit in a balanced way.

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