Grover Norquist: Sebelius' Replacement Is Unfit for Job

Friday, 11 Apr 2014 03:59 PM

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Kathleen Sebelius, who oversaw the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act, is resigning her post as secretary of Health and Human Services, but Grover Norquist, founder and president of the conservative advocacy organization Americans for Tax Reform, says Sebelius' potential replacement isn't up to the responsibility of the post.

President Barack Obama announced Friday he will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the current director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace Sebelius. But Norquist told John Bachman and J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" Friday on Newsmax TV that Burwell isn't fit for the job.

"To bring the Obama budget person in, Obama hasn't put forward a serious budget in years … you wonder what she does with her time because she doesn't write serious, grown-up budgets that even the modern Democratic Party in the House of Representatives, they're not willing to vote for her budget, which had over a trillion dollars in higher taxes. And now she's going to run HHS …" Norquist said.

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Norquist also lamented the legislative logjam in Congress, which he blamed on a left-wing president and Senate that prevents the passage of meaningful bills.

"Conservatives are understandably frustrated that you cannot pass conservative legislation through the Senate or get it signed by the presidency. To be angry at [House Speaker John] Boehner and the House Republicans, who just passed the most radical, fundamental, limited government budget in the history of the United States, given where we are today — our problem's not the House.

"Our problem is a left-wing Senate and a left-wing president, and to lose focus on what we need to change is self-destructive and silly. We need a different president, a different Senate," Norquist said.


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