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Published On: Tue, Mar 5th, 2013

Georgia Rep Tom Graves says Obama using sequester as threat for higher taxes and won’t run for Senate in 2014

U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA), member of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on the sequester and addressed rumors that he may run for Senate in 2014.

Tom GravesOn the $85 billion sequester Graves said “President Obama’s campaign for another tax increase on families and businesses is preventing a deal to replace the sequester with smarter spending cuts. It is wrong for the president to threaten my constituents with higher taxes when Washington continues to waste billions of dollars every year on luxury conferences, unused buildings, frivolous research, improper payments and a host of other abuses.”

The House conservative mocked the President’s comments about making “stupid cuts” saying that “raising taxes to replace spending cuts, or reducing the size of the cuts, will not be an option. Whether done smartly or stupidly, the United States can manage shaving off a mere 2% of its $3.5 trillion budget. A government that is nearly $17 trillion in debt should be doing far more to repair its financial situation.”

Graves called the Presidents discussions of the sequester as “outrageous scare tactics” saying that the President would “rather than work with anyone to solve the debt problem, the president has acted like a Mayan doomsdayer, traveling the country to scare children, teachers, defense industry workers and those dedicated to our public safety. The American people deserve better. It’s time for the president to take off the political hat and lead on debt reduction.”

Graves confirmed that he will not run for the U.S. Senate from Georgia in 2014.

“The last several weeks have been a very exciting time for me and my family as we considered the opportunity to serve Georgia in the United States Senate,” Graves said in a news release. “It has been an honor to receive so much support from Georgians and grassroots conservatives around the country, and I am confident that we would run a very competitive campaign. My decision rested on what would be best for my family, my district and the state of Georgia, and I have concluded that the right path for now is to forgo this Senate race and continue serving in my current role.”

Graves said it is “important for my supporters to know that I intend to continue preparing for future opportunities to serve Georgia.”

 

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