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Politifact Virginia: Sequester debate


Sequester…it's a hot button word on the campaign trail, and it's being used by both sides to try and score political points in the November election. 

Sequester refers to the stalled budget negotiations from last summer. Republicans and democrats could not come up with a plan to raise the debt ceiling, so they decided to put in a plan...to put in big cuts, if a deal could not be reached. The deal did not happen, so the cuts are around the corner. In his recent debate, Congressman Eric Cantor claimed -- he never supported the sequester measure.  

"Mr. Powell keeps saying that I support the sequester. As he knows good and well, that's not true," said Cantor. 

But, has Cantor always been against sequester? According to the reporters at Politifact Virginia, that claim is a "full flop." 

Cantor was a key member of the negotiating team that developed the plan to escape the debt ceiling crisis, and avoid a government shutdown. Part of that plan was creating the sequester battle. He voted for it then, but is against it now. According to Politifact Virginia's Sean Gorman, that's a full flop.  

"Well he's never said he's for the sequester, however he did vote for the overall debt limit deal and that deal does include the potential of these cuts taking effect on January 2nd. Basically he's trying to distance himself from a situation he helped create, by his own vote for the debt limit deal," said Gorman.  

You can see all the information behind this week's Politifact Virginia report on their web site, www.politifactvirginia.com.  

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