Simpson, Risch weigh in on sequester slashes

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- Congressman Mike Simpson agrees with President Obama: the automatic budget cuts -- the so-called sequester -- is a dumb idea.

"I think everyone agrees sequestration is not the best way to reduce spending," said Rep. Simpson, Second District Republican from Idaho Falls. "But the only thing stupider than sequestration is to do nothing at all. We've all seen this coming, the process was put in place year and a half ago and unfortunately there hasn't been an ability to come together to replace sequestration with other smarter cuts."

But Simpson says Republicans feel like they have compromised with the president and Democrats in Congress, perhaps, compromised too much.

U.S. Senator Jim Risch, a Boise Republican, says the sticking point is tax increases.

"There already has been substantial compromise," the senator said. "The president said he wanted a balanced approach, that's Washington speak for increasing taxes. He already got that. I don't think talking about whose fault this is is productive. We have to work on making this as painless as possible."