Speaker Boehner: No one tried harder than me to avoid sequester
By Vicki Needham - 03/03/13 12:04 PM ET
Interview begins at 1:51 mark.
The House's top Republican said Sunday that no one in Washington had tried harder than him to avert sequestration.
“There’s no one in this town who’s tried harder to come to an agreement with the president to deal with our long-term spending problem,” said Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on NBC”s Meet the Press.” “No one."
"It's unfortunate we have not been able to come to an agreement," he added.
Boehner said that he is making it his mission to get spending under control, two days after billions in automatic spending cuts went into effect.
He said it was time for "President Obama and Senate Democrats to get serious about the long-term spending problem that we have.”
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Boehner acknowledged that there are "big disagreements between the two parties on how to address it and I've made it my mission. It's a threat to our country."
"I'm here to lead the fight against out-of-control-spending and I'm going to lead that fight as Speaker of the House," he vowed.
Boehner pushed back against criticism that his party is unwilling to compromise to avoid the $85 billion sequester because they won't accept new revenue...