In Radio Address, Obama Again Calls for Swapping Sequester with Tax Hikes

After witnessing flight delays, the president says Republicans now think the sequester was a bad idea

Obama: FAA Furlough Legislation a 'Band-Aid' (The Hill)

President Obama on Saturday called for a full replacement of the sequester on the heels of the quick passage of legislation in Congress to stop furloughs of air traffic controllers in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

In his weekly address, Obama said that the FAA furloughs were only one of many problems caused by sequestration, and urged Congress to do more than pass the “Band-Aid” to stop the flight delays that were occurring under the automatic cuts.

“Congress passed a temporary fix.  A Band-Aid.  But these cuts are scheduled to keep falling across other parts of the government that provide vital services for the American people,” Obama said.

“And we can’t just keep putting Band-Aids on every cut.  It’s not a responsible way to govern.  There is only one way to truly fix the sequester: by replacing it before it causes further damage,” he added.

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