Republicans have launched a social media campaign to blame President Barack Obama for the looming $85 billion in automatic spending cuts known as the "sequester."
On Friday, Republican leaders changed their facebook and twitter photos to a passage in Bob Woodward's new book that says the sequester was the Obama administration's idea. Republican leaders have been pushing the hashtag "#Obamaquester" for supporters to promote that line of thinking, The Hill reports.
White House press secretary Jay Carney on Friday tweeted a reminder that Congress had voted for the sequester as an incentive to force lawmakers and the President to address the deficit. He used a twitter hashtag "#GOPamnesia" to spread the word.Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., said Republicans should stop tweeting and get back to work. "GOP wasting another week w/gimmicks, slogans & hashtags instead of being responsible & dealing w/sequester," Van Hollen tweeted. "Time is running out."
Unless Congress and Obama can work out a deficit reduction plan before March 1, budget cuts will slash defense spending, domestic programs and furlough thousands of workers.