Virginia Democrat on sequestration: 'Is it a crisis or not?'

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va. AP file photo
A banging gavel cut off Democratic Reps. Gerry Connolly of Virginia and Russ Carnahan of Missouri Tuesday before they could make a parliamentary inquiry about sequestration at Tuesday's edition of the House pro forma session.

Connolly, who spoke to reporters after the brief session, said he intended to ask if House Speaker John Boehner would call members back to Washington to deal with the coming sequestration cuts.

In a now-familiar refrain this recess, both Connolly and Carnahan invoked Harry Truman and the so-called do-nothing Congress of his day, drawing parallels to this Congress.

Connolly criticized Republicans for acknowledging the seriousness of sequestration's effects and then recessing. He suggested the GOP was playing politics.

"Is it a crisis or not," Connolly asked rhetorically.

Asked whether President Obama was also making a political point when his administration counseled defense contractors not to issue layoff notices as required by law, Connolly blamed Republicans for setting up the sequester, which he called a "sword of Damocles."

How will Congress and the president solve the problem, then?

Connolly said the solution would need to include some kind of revenue-raising, a sticking point for some in the Republican caucus.

A reporter also asked Connolly if Senate Democrats had done essentially the same thing as House Republicans--call a recess before an impending fiscal crisis.

Connolly said he wouldn't comment on the upper chamber.
Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download
  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.