“The Republicans have provided a laundry list of essentially ransom demands of things that were essentially the Romney agenda that was rejected by voters that they know can’t pass in normal circumstances. They say give us these things or we will blow up the economy.
…We are for cutting spending. We’re for reforming our tax code. We’re for reforming our entitlements. What we’re not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest. We’re not going to do that.”
“Fire season has exploded across the country. So far this year, more than 19,000 wildfires have scorched the equivalent of 700 square miles, forcing thousands out of their homes….But federal firefighters are facing another challenge: a loss of $50 million mandated by the budget sequester. That forced the Forest Service to cut 500 firefighters and 50 engines just when they’re needed most.”
“We’ve put a spotlight on the people and the organizations taking the brunt of this arbitrary, across-the-board, spending cuts known as sequester. It’s still going on, by the way. And as you might imagine, it’s the most vulnerable among us taking the hits. Today, we focus on something pretty scary. It’s cuts to funding of victims of domestic violence.
…How do you get the members of Congress to say, “look, some women are going to die this week because these shelters are closing their doors to them”?”
“Every year for the past few years on Mother’s Day I’ve taken a delegation to Afghanistan – or Iraq – to say thank you to our moms – and by the way, our grandmothers – who are serving there – to also thank all of our troops for what they do to protect America’s families. I won’t be going this particular weekend because we don’t have – you know, under sequestration – we don’t have CoDels [Congressional Delegations].”
“In this terrible situation, let’s be very grateful we had a well-funded, functioning government. It is very fashionable in America, has been for some time, to criticize government, belittle public employees, talk about their pensions, talk about what people think is their assessment of health care. Here we saw government in two ways perform very well.
…I never was as a member of Congress one of the cheerleaders for less government, lower taxes. No tax cut would have helped us deal with this or will help us recover. This is very expensive. At a time like this, no one thinks about saving pennies.”
“They have a goal besides getting rid of the safety net, they also want to reduce the corporate tax rate to 25 percent. And that, that is just going to cut the living daylights out of everything that we consider the government.
Now I think what the people are not expecting is, if this sequester keeps going and they start closing all the small airports in this country, which is what the FAA is planning, and they start closing all these aspects where people count on government, they’re, people are going to be stunned ’cause there’s a disconnect in their mind between government and no taxes. I mean, they just don’t understand, if you don’t pay taxes, there’s some services you don’t get.”
“I know that this has been some of the conventional wisdom that’s been floating around Washington: That somehow, even though most people agree that I’m being reasonable, that most people agree that I’m presenting a fair deal — the fact that they don’t take it, means that I should somehow do a Jedi mindmeld with these folks and convince them to do what’s right.”
“We don’t need to be having something like sequestration that’s going to cause these job losses — over 170 million jobs that could be lost.”