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The Hill | Paul Ryan: "The sequester is going to happen"

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) predicted Sunday that “the sequester is going to  happen,” and blamed Democrats for not producing an alternative set of spending  reductions to circumvent the across-the-board cuts.

“We think these sequesters will happen because the Democrats have opposed our  efforts to replace those cuts with others and they’ve offered no alternative,” Ryan said on NBC’s Meet the Press.

The sequester cuts, delayed by the “fiscal cliff” deal reached at the beginning  of the year, are now  slated to take effect on March 1.

Ryan added that the cuts needed to happen because Republicans can’t risk  losing the only leverage they have when it comes to cutting spending.

“I think the sequester is going to happen, because that $1.2 trillion in  spending cuts, we can’t lose those spending cuts, that was to pay for the last debt-ceiling  increase, let alone any future increase.”


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