By JAVIER MANJARRESCongresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz seems to be at odds with her boss about the sequester that is currently cutting the pay of 1000 Florida National Guardsmen by 20 percent, who are tasked to respond to natural disasters.
“Instead of a natural disaster, we are facing a manmade disaster that’s avoidable.”-Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
President Obama, her boss, is the architect of the military sequester. According to Politifact, and contrary to what many Democrats will tell you, this is exactly the case.
Obama said that the sequester — and the defense cuts that would result from it — was not his proposition. “It is something that Congress has proposed,” he said in the debate.
But it was Obama’s negotiating team that came up with the idea for defense cuts in 2011, though they were intended to prod Congress to come up with a better deal for reining in the deficit, not as an effort to make those cuts reality.
Meanwhile, members of both parties in Congress voted for the legislation that set up the possibility of sequestration. Obama’s position is that Congress should now act to avoid those across-the-board cuts.Obama can’t rightly say the sequester isn’t his, but he did need cooperation from Congress to get to this point. We rate the statement Mostly False.-Politifact
Wasserman Schultz and Florida Governor Rick Scott are suprisingly on the same side of the National Guard furlough issue, as both have come out to denounce the Obama’s sequester.
During a natural disaster, like a hurricane or tornado, the National Guard is deployed to assist with all aspects of the disasters aftermath, including evacuation and recovery efforts.
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Wasserman Schultz said they are no closer to resolving the sequester issue in Washington than when it began in March.
“All we need is for each side to give a little. Democrats have been reaching to the other side of the aisle. We need our colleagues on the other side to come together with us.”-CBS4