Though Congressman Dave Loebsack enjoys spending time in his district, he could not help but wonder why the House was in recess on Friday, March 1, instead of addressing sequestration and other lingering issues in the federal government.
“They sent us home,” Loebsack said of the House’s Republican leadership. Speaker of the House John Boehner was the one who sent the House home, but Loebsack believes the Republicans do not bear all of the blame for the lack of discussion going on in Washington.
Loebsack said he believes that President Barack Obama and Congressional leadership only met for the first time on Friday. Democrat and Republican leadership from both houses of Congress, as well as Obama, should have been working together sooner. This is something he consistently hears from his constituents as well.
The sequestration that hit Friday does not affect all areas. Defense will see less of an increase in spending in the future than some other areas, due to the failure of having a bill signed.
Loebsack thinks many people are tired of the “blame game” in Washington. He voted against the sequestration bill when it came up last year, but says that the idea of these cuts was supposed to be so severe, it would force the government to work together. His vote against the bill was a statement that he believed would not work.
“I didn’t want to be right in this case,” Loebsack said. His doubt in the politicians’ ability to find compromise does not extend to the ability for America to come together if we are struck with another tragedy. He has no doubt everyone would come together if another attack, such as 9/11 were to happen.
“I have a lot of concerns,” Loebsack said. He is most concerned about how the changes will affect military readiness in the future, and possible furloughs for federal employees may have an impact on the economy.