Bob Bixby of the Concord Coalition said the blame game indicates that both sides are girding for an ugly fight when the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30 and approval of legislation to fund the government is needed.
“I view it as early positioning over blame,” he said. “Both sides are anticipating pretty nasty fights on fiscal policy.”
Bixby noted that the House is proceeding with 12 annual spending bills that assumes the sequester cuts remain in effect, while the Senate is ignoring them for 2014.
If the result is a continuing resolution to fund the government, an automatic sequester cut will hit 15 days after Congress adjourns to implement the scheduled cuts largely across-the-board.
“This is almost guaranteeing a crack up,” Bixby said.