WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders Friday afternoon will switch their Facebook and Twitter avatars to a picture of text from Bob Woodward's book, The Price of Politics showing the looming sequester was first proposed by the White House.
The bit of tongue-in-cheek theater by Republicans is in response to the White House's release of a fact sheet on the "devastating" effects the sequester could have on the economy.
Although both chambers of Congress voted for the sequester as a way of forcing itself and the White House to actually address spending and debt issues, Republicans aren't letting Obama forget it was his idea.
"President Obama created the sequester, and he is entirely responsible for the devastating consequences for America's economy and national security if it goes into effect," said Michael Steel, a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner.
"The House has passed legislation – twice – to replace these cuts with other common-sense cuts and reforms. We all agree that President Obama's sequester is bad – but what is President Obama going to do about it?"
Republicans are also debuting a new twitter hashtag, #obamaquester.
John Stanton is a senior national correspondent for BuzzFeed News. In 2014, Stanton was a recipient of the National Press Foundation’s 2014 Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress.
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