As Democrats and Republicans in Washington remain deadlocked over a compromise to avoid automatic, across-the-board cuts to the federal budget starting Friday, state lawmakers in California could not even agree on an advisory resolution urging Congress to avoid the reductions.
Assembly Joint Resolution 14 passed the Assembly this week on a 54-13 vote, with Republicans making up all of the opponents. The measure requests Congress to "act immediately to avert federal spending cuts known as 'sequestration' to protect the California and national economies."
Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) wrote the measure, which was approved Thursday, just before the deadline for the across-the-board budget cuts to kick in. "Californians rightly expect our leaders in Washington to work together to resolve budget disagreements in a way that avoids the indiscriminate sledgehammer approach of sequestration," Atkins said before the vote. "Today we have united to send that message to Congress."
However, Republican lawmakers said the resolution was political posturing, and written in a way to invite disagreement. They disputed a section of the resolution that urged Congress to "pursue a balanced approach in seeking to close wasteful tax loopholes…"