Sen. Mike Johanns took to the floor of the United States Senate today to object to the spending plan recently approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Johanns, a Republican and a minority member on the committee, accused majority Democrats of budgeting $91 billion more than authorized by the Budget Control Act for political reasons.
“And when $91 billion worth of across-the-board cuts kick in, they hope the outcry from the American people is loud enough to convince us here in Congress to add the additional spending to our national debt,” Johanns stated during a speech from the Senate floor.
Johanns suggested Democrats are purposely spending more than authorized, to trigger another round of automatic budget cuts, hoping to elicit an outcry from the public.
That seems to be the plan. Keep spending us right into another sequester, ignore the consequences and hope for the best.”
The Obama Administration has been engaged in a concerted effort to emphasize the impact of the budget cuts, the so-called sequestration, on the public, holding news conferences and events across the country.
Johanns suggested the Appropriations Committee should be considering ways to reduce federal spending, not working to undermine the Budget Control Act.
“We can responsibly meet the $967 billion spending target in current law, but we have to try,” Johanns stated. “But instead of seizing the opportunity we are once again shirking our responsibility in the hopes that no one will notice.”
AUDIO: A portion of Sen. Mike Johanns’ Senate floor speech on the action taken by the Appropriations Committee. [2:30]