There are only a few days left before the massive federal budget cuts known as the sequester go into effect, and it appears there is little chance of a compromise in Congress.
Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky tells MSNBC’s Alex Witt that Congress has been in session so few times this year that he doesn’t really know where the debate stands.
“We’ve only been in session 12 days this entire year, which is absolutely shameful. So we haven’t had a lot of time to talk to our colleagues,” Yarmuth said Saturday on Weekends with Alex Witt.
The congressman said that he thinks the sequester should be delayed until March 27, when the continuing resolution that funds the federal government is set to expire.
“The whole idea behind the sequester was to force people to come to an agreement on deficit reduction by providing an alternative that was so dreadful nobody wanted it. Well that’s what this is. We don’t have to go through with these dreadful cuts,” said Yarmuth. “We can just say, ‘No, we’re not going to do this. This is wrong for the country.’ And that’s what we should do.”