In an interview with CBS Evening News’ Scott Pelley, Speaker Boehner reiterated that the House passed two bills to replace the president’s sequester, and said it is now up to the president and Senate Democrats to take action to avert the sequester and begin to address the nation’s spending problem.  Following are excerpts from the interview: 

Boehner on Averting the Sequester: “It’s Time for the President & Senate Democrats to Do Their Work”:

“The House has done its work.  It’s time for the president and Senate Democrats to do their work.  They’ve known for 16 months that this date was coming.  That’s why the House acted twice last year, but yet Senate Democrats and the president have never passed anything.  It’s time for them to do their work.”

Boehner on the Need for Real Spending Cuts & Reforms: “It’s Time to Tackle Spending. Period.”:

“Now listen, I had a very nice conversation with the president last week.  I had a very nice conversation with Harry Reid – Senator Reid, the Majority Leader – the week before.  Our members want us to have cuts and reforms that put us on a path to balance the budget over the next 10 years.  That’s what we want - and that’s a tall order.  It’s going to mean real work on our entitlement programs, real work on other spending items in the budget.  … The president got his tax hikes in January.  The federal government will have more revenue this year than any year in our history.  It’s time to tackle spending. Period.”

Boehner on Reports of Detention Centers Releasing Detainees Ahead of the President’s Sequester: “Outrageous”:

“This is very hard for me to believe that they can’t find cuts elsewhere in their agency.  I frankly think this is outrageous and I’m looking for more facts, but I can’t believe that they can’t find the kind of savings they need out of that department short of letting criminals go free. … I think that the administration’s trying to play games – play games with the American people, scare the American people.  This is not – this is not leadership.  … What they really ought to be doing is coming up to the Hill and working with the Senate Democrats to pass a bill that can replace the sequester.  And begin to deal with our long-term spending problem.”