Obama White House adopts portions of Rand Paul’s ‘A Sequester Without Layoffs’
In response to the sequestration order Mar. 1, the White House, in a letter to Executive Departments and Agencies, wrote that they are directing all federal agencies to freeze new hires and curtail travel as part of the plan to meet sequestration spending targets.
One week ago, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced “The Sequester Without Layoffs” plan, which included the two targets found in the White House memo.
In response to the memo, Sen. Paul released the following statement:
“Our nation has a serious spending problem that must be re-evaluated. Last week I unveiled a plan that would reduce the anticipated layoffs by cutting spending, such as government travel budgets and the rehiring of federal employees. I am encouraged to hear that the White House is adopting these two measures in their assessment of the sequester cuts, but these cuts barely begin to scratch the surface of the problem,” Sen. Paul said. “If we are serious about addressing our debt crisis, sequestration is only the beginning. We need much larger cuts and we need them sooner rather than later.”