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Durbin: Sequestration Was "Designed As A Budget Threat, Not A Budget Strategy"

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) revealed that sequestration was designed as a threat and not a budget strategy to David Gregory on NBC's Meet the Press this morning.

DAVID GREGORY, "MEET THE PRESS" MODERATOR: You just heard Leader Cantor a couple of minutes ago, and I want to get your take on how this standoff, this new standoff on fiscal matters ends over these automatic spending cuts. You've heard the Leader say we're not going to deal with anymore tax hikes, but that's what the president wants. He wants a different way of going about the spending cuts and someway to find some additional revenue. How is it going to end?

SENATOR DICK DURBIN (D-IL): David, sequestration was designed as a budget threat, not as a budget strategy. And I think all of us understand that if it goes forward in less than three weeks, it’s going to have a dramatic negative impact on many agencies, equally important on the economy. So we need to come together. (Meet the Press, February 10, 2013)

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