Rep. Earl Blumenauer hopes the federal sequester cuts will lead to a series of federal tax and spending reforms.
Blumenauer’s moderate tone was in sharp contrast to that of many Democrats. President Obama has tried to pressure Congress into raising taxes and reducing the cuts by holding news conferences with police officers, firefighters and teachers who, he says, are about to lose their jobs.
Blumenauer sees the situation as creating opportunities to address a broad range of issues that have always interested him. Even those who openly support the cuts are uncomfortable with the across-the-board nature of them. They include cuts of 8 percent to Pentagon programs and 5 percent to other domestic agency budgets.
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