Speaking this morning on “This Week,” Rep. Eliot Engel, D-NY, called the automatic spending cuts — also known as the “sequester” — that are scheduled to go into effect on March 1 a “stupid thing.”
“I think the sequester was a stupid thing. I voted against it when it first time came up. Congress keeps kicking the can down the road. It’s really a ridiculous thing to do. The fact is that we need to do things that are smart, not take a meat cleaver and just hack cuts,” Engel said. “I think Congress should sit down and avoid the sequester. And if the sequester kicks in, for a week or two, we should then fix it so it doesn’t become a permanent thing.”
Engel, ranking member on the Foreign Affairs Committee, was joined on the “This Week” roundtable by House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., who warned that sequestration would affect national security.