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Neal: ‘Balanced Approach’ Needed on Sequestration and Fiscal Situation

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — U.S. Representative Richard Neal says that it may take some months before the effects of the sequestration are felt.

Speaking of the timeline involved with the sequestration, Neal notes that “The difficulty with that timeline is that the principles in this instance are the President and the Speaker of the House. In the instance of those of us who are Democrats in the House of Representatives, we are in the minority. We can’t even bring a matter to the floor, and what I think you are witnessing here is a process that was very fallow.”

Neal says that people may not feel the impact of the cuts immediately, adding that it may take a few weeks to feel any effect. However, Neal says that by April or May, people will feel the “major impact” of the cuts.

Noting that in today’s society, “compromise is perceived as surrender,” Neal adds that “The country is very evenly divided and you have a President who just came off a major victory. You have a House of Representatives that’s controlled by one party, and the United States Senate that is controlled by the other.”

“There was a time for honor and compromise. There was a time when deal making was seen as a form or art. Today, it’s perceived as giving in to the other side. That is not useful and not helpful.”

You can watch Neal’s complete interview here on wggb.com

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