Republicans try to pin cuts on White House with #Obamaquester

February 8, 2013

Congressional Republicans now have a hashtag for their efforts to pin the blame for the looming sequester on President Obama: #Obamaquester.

President Obama this week ramped up public calls for the GOP's cooperation on averting the deep automatic spending cuts set to go into effect on March 1. 

The National Republican Campaign Committee and House leadership on Friday began pushing the hashtag #Obamaquester, surfacing an excerpt from Bob Woodward's book "The Price of Politics," wherein Obama aide Jack Lew first proposes the deep cuts as a trigger for future action on debt.

House Republicans approved the sequester in 2011 with a large majority of their caucus's support (174 out of 240 members voted for the cuts). House leaders argue that they have since passed measures that would have avoided the cuts. The Fix's Aaron Blake explained earlier this week why Republicans are trying to blame the cuts on Obama.

#Obamaquester was used several hundred times on Friday afternoon, and the GOP has three weeks until the March 1 deadline to make #Obamaquester happen.

Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV.
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