below is from FNC’s Chad Pergram:
Urgent: Sen. Graham on neither body passing sequester replacement: We all looked like Pygmies today.
Per Pergram-Capitol Hill
Off-camera from various lawmakers after the Senate failed to advance both sequester replacement bills.
Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX):
There’s very little to fixâ€¦accept for the flexibility to the Defense Department.
Cornyn’s expectations for tomorrow’s White House meeting with top Congressional leaders:
Zero. Photo op.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ):
I will do anything to see that the sequester as it pertains to defense is nullified.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC):
We’re on a bumpy road called the sequestration. How do you find an off-ramp?
Graham says he has been pushing an idea..and getting responses from senators on both sides of the aisle to include some revenue increases but fix entitlements.
Let’s re-think the big deal.
I think there is a glimmer of hope that could grow over time when they realize how dumb this is (the sequester). A short-term deal will make me throw up.
How does a Member of Congress go on a military base after what we did to them today?
We all looked like Pygmies today. Every Member of Congress looks like a Pygmie.
So what is the next step? Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) is prepping an omnibus spending billâ€¦which is different from a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government running past March 27. This would glom many of the appropriations bills togetherâ€¦rather than just renew spending at the old level (with the sequester hit included).