Democratic Florida Congressman Alan Grayson told HuffPost Live on Friday that he believes the automatic spending cuts triggered by sequestration should be replaced with a bill to immediately end the war in Afghanistan.
“Listen, we’re facing a nine percent cut in the food stamps program, a nine percent cut in home heating oil programs, nine percent cut in civil aeronautics, nine percent cuts in all sort of things that people actually use in their everyday lives — and we’d save the same amount of money if we simply ended the war in Afghanistan now,” Grayson told HuffPost Live host Alyona Minkovski.
“What’s the point?” Grayson continued. “Can’t we at least make intelligent choices and get our priorities straight?”
Grayson said his amendment, which was blocked by Republicans before it could go to a vote, would call for ending the war in 30 days, unless President Barack Obama felt this would put American servicemen and women’s lives at risk.
“Let’s face it, the war is going on and on and on with no real gain from it,” Grayson said. “There’s no real reason why it has to continue into next year, and if we simply ended it sooner, we wouldn’t have any need for these cuts.”