Dem Sen. Richard Blumenthal: Sequester has ‘silver lining’

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Monday that the sequester cuts have a "silver lining," in that they are forcing Washington to cut spending.

"There is a silver lining in the (sequester); we're cutting spending, which we need to do," Blumenthal said on CNN's "Starting Point." "The point is, we need to do it responsibly. Smart cuts, not across-the-board, slashing, arbitrary cuts."

Democrats and the White House have argued for weeks that the sequester would be disastrous. Blumenthal seems to agree with that somewhat, arguing for different cuts and increased revenue in place of the sequester cuts.

But Democrats have generally been reticent to praise the sequester in any way, shape or form.

Blumenthal also argued that there are plenty of loopholes to target and called on Republicans to negotiate to get rid of the sequester.

"We need to have a balance on the other side, too, which the sequester does not address," Blumenthal said. "There's money there to be saved."

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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