Perry lays sequester impasse blame on Democrats, President Obama

Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter | Feb 26, 2013 1:03 PM

(Washington) -- A first-term congressman representing a portion of the midstate is laying the brunt of the blame for the lack of a plan to deal with looming federal budget cuts on Democrats and President Obama.

Republican Scott Perry says he understands the frustration he hears from constituents in his district, which includes York, Adams and parts of Cumberland and Dauphin counties.

He says the GOP-led House has voted on plans in the last year to modify the $85 billion in indiscriminate federal spending cuts that would affect social service programs and the military.

"The House of Representatives has prioritized twice now how we would do it," Perry says. "We would still make appreciable cuts and trim back on programs. Twice we have shown the leadership and said this is how to climb the hill and solve this problem."

Perry says the Republicans would prefer to see more specific budget cuts, like changing the formulas for federal retirement programs and food stamps, among other things.

He criticizes President Obama for what he calls campaign-style appearances pushing Democratic priorities in the sequestration debate.

Perry made his comments on witf's Radio Smart Talk.

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