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Senate Democrats Critical of House Republican Plan to Extend Sequestration Cuts

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Senate Democrats Critical of House Republican Plan to Extend Sequestration Cuts

February 12, 2014

On Tuesday, Senate Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said that the Senate would not approve the House plan to extend sequestration cuts into the next decade. The plan calls for sequester level cuts to be extended through 2024 in order to pay for military retiree pensions, which were cut. Both parties have proposed extending the sequester to pay for programs. Last month, the Democrats unsuccessfully tried to use the same strategy to extend unemployment benefits to long-term unemployed workers. Stakeholders are weighing in on the idea of extending sequester. Current spending levels cut Medicare by two percent, and many stakeholders are concerned that cut might become permanent if sequestration is allowed to go on. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) framed the issue, saying, "Should we be put in a position where we’re going to take out of Medicare in order to do the right thing that we need by our veterans? I don’t think so."