Now that the sequester has taken effect, both sides are trading jabs over who's to blame and what kind of impact it will have on the economy. House Speaker John Boehner said in a an exclusive interview this morning, "I don't know whether it's going to hurt the economy or not. I don't think anyone quite understands how the sequester is really going to work."
The House's top Republican said no one in Washington has worked harder to reach a deal and charged that the President and Senate Democrats "have done nothing to pass a plan" to avert sequester.
While admitting paternity for the sequester framework, the White House disagreed with Boehner's charges. One of President Obama's top economic advisers Gene Sperling said this morning that the president wanted to reach a balanced long-term agreement to avoid sequester, but "it was the Speaker who walked away," from negotiations.
Watch the entire program on our website to hear more from Sperling about his public spat this week with Washington Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward (Sperling described it as "cordial... substantive" and "polite"). Plus, Speaker Boehner explains why he's "absolutely" committed to keeping the government open in the next budget fight, as well as how the House will approach new gun control measures.
Plus, our political roundtable looks at the issue of why Washington is broken, as well as whether or not the Voting Rights Act is still necessary today. The discussion included: Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID); columnist for the Washington Post Kathleen Parker; Managing Editor of TheGrio.com Joy-Ann Reid; NBC Chief White House correspondent and political director Chuck Todd and NBC Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw.
We'll be back next week. If it's Sunday, it's Meet the Press.