Then why did Obama sign the cuts into law?
Via CNS News:
The automatic spending cuts to the federal budget that will take place beginning March 1 unless sequestration is prevented could expose thousands of children to lead poisoning and other toxins, according to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.
“Cuts to our office of healthy homes and lead hazard control and related programs would result in more than 3,000 of the most vulnerable children not being protected from lead poisoning or other hazards in their homes,” Donovan said Thursday at a hearing on the sequester portion of the Budget Control Act of 2012.
The Senate Appropriations Committee held the hearing to allow members of President Barack Obama’s cabinet – including Donovan, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano – to detail the damage that would be done with the implementation of the federal statute, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Aug. 2, 2011.