Senate Democrats are starting to feel the pressure to do something to avert the effects of the sequester, which was part of the August 2011 deal to raise the debt ceiling. The automatic cuts were triggered by the failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to reach agreement on a $1.2 trillion deficit-reduction plan.
Some senators have called for getting rid of sequestration all together. “We never should have passed it to star with, and we should repeal it as soon as possible,” said Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). “I don’t support a piecemeal approach.” Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) agreed. “I am for getting rid of sequestration, all of it,” he said. As the discontent grows in Washington, there is a sense that something is bound to happen to restore some sequester cuts or give federal agencies more flexibility to move funds around.