Two and a half weeks after sequestration took effect, Congressman Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) is not standing on the sidelines in the face of the severe cuts.
The Other 98% released a video on YouTube Tuesday evening, showcasing Grayson's efforts to give a voice to hundreds of thousands of Americans in favor of repealing sequestration. Grayson delivered a petition signed by 300,000 individuals (I signed, too!) directly to House Speaker John Boehner's office. While Boehner was not present, the message was said to have been passed along.
"It will cause pain," Grayson says in the clip. "It will cause economic dislocation. And then, the wailing will begin. The wailing will begin."
Grayson cautioned that the GOP conversation would then shift toward more serious cuts, the so-called "entitlements."
"This is the first step down a slippery slope called "you work until you die,'" Grayson added. "And that's why this has to be fought so vigorously."
Back on March 3, Boehner criticized the automatic spending cuts as "silly" and "random," adding that he was "concerned about its impact on the economy." His blame has been placed on President Barack Obama, with the House Speaker saying in February that sequestration is a product of Obama's "failed leadership."
On Wednesday, the movement will be back in the hands of the people. March 20 National Day of Action will bring together those in favor of repeal at congressional offices and communities across the country.