Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Monday urged lawmakers to
call the president’s "bluff" and empower the White House to make targeted
spending cuts to avoid sequestration.
"They should find an alternative, they should do their job,
and why not empower the president and his administration? Give them the
authority within their budgets to make those changes so they don’t have to do
some of the things they are talking about," said Walker on "Fox & Friends."
The GOP governor said the across-the-board spending cuts
slated to go into effect on Friday were a "bad idea" but said that the
administration should be forced to do what governors with limited state budgets
do: save essential programs while targeting wasteful spending.
"We still have to balance the budget and get back to deficit
reduction which was what the sequester was about in the first place," he said.
Walker said that enabling the president to do so would help
counter the administration’s "scare tactics."
"Call the bluff, give them the authority to do this as
governors, Democrat and Republican alike, we have to do this all the time, we
have to make those tough choices," he said. "Allow them to make the cuts in a
way that is much more responsible."