“These Washington Democrats have been major culprits in Obama sequester. House Republicans have twice voted to replace Obama’s sequester with responsible cuts to wasteful spending, but these Democrats are putting their loyalty to Nancy Pelosi and Barack ObamaBarack ObamaGreen Party nominee escorted off debate premises Obama defends work on tribal issues Charlotte requires race discussion Hillary, Democrats refuse to have MORE before what’s right for the country,” NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek said in a statement.
House Republicans did pass a bill to replace the automatic cuts known as sequestration earlier last year, which passed on a largely party-line vote, with Democrats opposed to increasing cuts to social services.
Following Congress's failure to stop sequestration last week, the issue will become ample fodder for political attacks from both parties in the coming days and weeks.
The NRCC's Democratic counterpart has hammered the "Tea Party House Republicans" for "protecting tax breaks for the well-off" to the detriment of average Americans, in their opposition to raising revenue to eliminate the sequester.
And the NRCC has been working to brand the cuts as "Obama's sequester," in hopes that the blame for any negative outcomes of the cuts will fall on the shoulders of the president and, consequently, House Democrats.
However, a recent Pew poll indicated 45 percent of those polled believe Republicans in Congress were to blame, while 32 percent said President Obama would take the blame if sequestration hit.
NRCC hammers Democrats on sequestration in new Web ads
"What?! Ann KirkpatrickAnn KirkpatrickSenate rivals gear up for debates McCain opponent releases new ad hitting his record House passes bill preventing future cash payments to Iran MORE is letting Obama's sequester continue ... but won't cut funding for robotic squirrels," reads the ad that will appear in Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick's (D-N.H.) district.