Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) is criticizing both Democrats and Republicans for trying to pass off blame for looming automatic cuts.
For weeks, Republicans have sought to blame the sequester on President Obama. In floor speeches, leaders call it "President Obama's sequester." On social media, they have used the hashtag #Obamaquester and highlighted a passage from Bob Woodward's book about the 2011 debt ceiling crisis that shows the idea originating in the White House.
Amash thinks it's weak. "It's totally disingenuous," he told BuzzFeed. "The debt ceiling deal in 2011 was agreed to by Republicans and Democrats, and regardless of who came up with the sequester, they all voted for it. So, you can't vote for something and, with a straight face, go blame the other guy for its existence in law." (He also called the hashtag strategy "kind of 2008.")