Governor Jindal Tells President Obama “To Stop Trying To Scare The American People” Over Sequester Cuts
Fresh off his appearance on NBC's "Meet The Press" Sunday morning where he called on President Obama to delay ObamaCare to help with the sequester cuts, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was at the annual "National Governors Association" meeting with the president on Monday calling him out again:
The President needs to stop campaigning, stop trying to scare the American people, stop trying to scare states.
We are only four days away from the March 1st deadline, the day when the automatic sequester cuts will kick in. In this breakdown by the White House, Louisiana faces losses in funding in many critical areas. In this year alone, teachers and schools in the Bayou State would lose about $15.8 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 220 teacher and aide jobs at risk (that's not counting the approximate $9.8 million in funds that would be lost for about 120 teachers, aides and staff who help children with disabilities). Louisiana, according to the White House, would lose funds for clean water and air quality, as well as money for military readiness, law enforcement, public safety and jobs. The nation as a whole would see more than a trillion dollars cut from the federal budget, something Jindal addressed as well:
The federal budget will actually be larger even after these reductions than it was last year. So I think there is a responsible way to cut less than 3 percent of the federal budget.
One area that Jindal specifically addressed Sunday on "Meet The Press" was healthcare, medicaid specifically. Jindal believes that "tens of billions of dollar there" could be saved by just "delay(ing) the Medicaid expansions, delay(ing) the healthcare exchanges so they can work with states on waivers, on flexibility."
You're not even cutting a program that's started yet. Just delay them.
Congress is charged with coming up with a solution to this. This week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) says the Senate will consider a democratic plan and a republican alternative to scheduled budget cuts of $85 billion over the sequester. In the U.S. House, Speaker John Boehner (R) and other GOP leaders continue to echo Jindal's comments, saying the president seems more interested in events that are like campaign rallies and calling on President Obama to work with democrats to come up with a plan. Jindal went on to further call out the president at the site of Monday's meeting:
I think it's time for the president to show leadership. I think it's time for him to hand Congress a prioritized list of reductions that preserves critical services.