Written by Alex Wiederspiel
Created on April 28, 2013 @ 11:28PM
It's been nearly two months since sequestration went into effect. The cuts to major programs have caused anger on both sides of the aisle. 5 News caught up with US Senator Joe Manchin in Clarksburg to get his take on the subject.
If you've been travelling recently then you know about the long flight delays that have plagued travelers. These delays have been caused by FAA work furloughs that were a result of sequestration.
You may remember at the beginning of March Congress failed to come to any agreement on avoiding sequestration, which led to massive across-the-board spending cuts in the budget. Senator Joe Manchin said he felt that the cuts were "draconian," but he did say that there is a chance for a solution for the first time now that Democrats, Republicans, and the President have all presented budgets.
"I just think sequestering as we know it is completely draconian and should never have happened and should never be done. We need to come together as a country, Democrats and Republicans becoming Americans again, and doing what's great for this country. That's what they need to do--and get a budget that works."
Senator Manchin added, "Right now we have a chance for the first time since I've been there in two and a half years. We have a Democrat budget, we have a Republican budget, and we have a Presidential budget. We've not had all that. So, we have the nucleus of bringing something together by all different aspects from the left to the right and hopefully come together in the middle."
The recent delays at airports sparked another round of the blame game. Senate Minority Leader Mitch Mcconnell said, "As a result of the Administration's poor planning and, I would argue, political motives; thousands of people were stuck on tarmacs over the past few days. The FAA's mismanagement of this issue is a source of bipartisan frustration. Our goal here shouldn't be to score political points on the backs of weary travelers, it should be to fix the problem."
Still, Senator Manchin seemed optimistic that the two sides could come to a compromise and reverse the effects of sequestration.
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