Lawmakers Reconsider Sequester In Aftermath of Boston

Wednesday, 17 Apr 2013 01:59 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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The deadly bombings in Boston are causing some in Congress to speak out against the sequester, saying the automatic spending cuts that began in March should be stopped before they impact the nation's homeland security efforts.

House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday the Boston Marathon tragedy is "clearly another place where it demonstrates why having the ability to address security concerns is important."

The Maryland Democrat, speaking at a press conference Tuesday morning, said the lawmakers should not continue the "irrational policy of cutting the highest priorities and the lowest priorities by essentially the same percentage," Politico reported.

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra noted that first responders, including some who responded to the Boston bombings, aren't sheltered from sequester cuts.

The White House also weighed in, saying the cuts won't hamper the response to Monday's deadly incident. But it added the long-term effects of the cuts are worrisome.

Rep. Peter King of New York, the former Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, also said Tuesday the sequester cuts should not include the Department of Homeland Security.

House Speaker John Boehner, meanwhile, insisted that money would not be an issue when it comes to investigating and bringing the people who carried out the bombings to justice.

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