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Ryan criticizes Obama over sequester

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said on Sunday's “UpFront with Mike Gousha” that Congress will pass a measure to minimize damage from the sequester by giving President Obama flexibility in applying the budget cuts.

Ryan said the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts represent just 2 percent of federal spending, and even with the cuts, federal spending will have increased 18 percent since 2008. The problem, he said, is with how the cuts are to be applied.

“So what we're not talking about are deep cuts,” the Janesville Republican said on the program, produced with WisPolitics.com. “What's wrong about the sequester is its indiscriminate nature, its across-the-board nature.”

He said the measure he'll advance will allow the president flexibility to apply the cuts instead to “low-priority and more wasteful” programs.

Ryan was critical of the president in his approach to the attempting to avert the sequester.

“I see the president doing all these press conferences around the country bringing attention to the sequester now in the last minute, in the final hours,” Ryan said. “Let's not forget he's the one who proposed the sequester, he's the one who designed the sequester in the first place.

“We approved it because it was the president who insisted on doing it this way to allow the debt limit to increase before the election.”

He said Obama isn't serious about achieving a “grand bargain” on deficit reduction, claiming the president has repeatedly moved the goal posts in discussions.

“That tells me you're not as serious about legislating,” Ryan said.

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