(CNSNews.com) – House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) claimed Thursday that the House of Representatives “did its job” in trying to avoid budget sequestration, which will take effect March 1.
“The House has acted twice over the last ten months to replace these cuts with smarter cuts. We’ve done our job,” Boehner said during his weekly press conference on Capitol Hill.
“The president hasn’t offered a plan. Senate Democrats haven’t passed a plan,” he added.
Boehner was referring to two pieces of legislation passed by the House during the 112th Congress in May and December of 2012 , which would have replaced across-the-board budget cuts of both defense and non-defense spending (known as “The Sequester”) with other, more targeted spending cuts.
However, both bills lacked Democratic support and were never voted on by the Senate.
When pressed by a reporter on why Democrats and Republicans did not attempt to agree on an alternative to The Sequester, Boehner responded, “The House did its job. I’m happy to talk to the President. I’m happy to talk to Senator Reid. But the way things happen around here is the House passes a bill, the Senate passes the bill, if we disagree we go to conference.”
The sequestration cuts, which will be implemented Friday Mar 1 and will affect every government agency, came about because Congress failed to agree on spending cuts in the Budget Control Act of 2011.
In total, the spending reductions will amount to $44 billion during FY 2013, or 1.2 percent of the federal budget.