Lay-offs of government workers would not begin to take effect until April at the earliest, if at all, Rahall added.
Rockefeller said in a statement that he's been pushing for a vote to stop the sequester this year and prevent the "severe impact" it would have on "our people and our economy.
"We need targeted cuts that reduce spending and eliminate waste without harming the programs that work for West Virginians," he said. "If Congress will come together, we can fix our budget in a balanced way -- without threatening the middle class, jobs, our infrastructure and our economic recovery."
But Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said on Tuesday, "Sequester was the president's idea, and now when we're getting down to the wire, he's more interested in placing blame than actually fixing the problem.
"There is no question that we need to cut spending, but we need to do so through the proper channels, such as tax reform and actually passing a reasonable budget -- which the Senate hasn't done in three years," Capito said.
Rep. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., said, "Across-the-board cuts are not the best way to cut spending, but the question remains how do we replace them while still controlling spending.
"House Republicans passed two separate bills to replace the sequester with targeted spending cuts. Yet the Senate has refused to take action, and the president hasn't offered a plan beyond another tax increase.
"Americans can handle the truth," McKinley said in a press release issued last Friday. "They want all sides to work together and find a solution to our spending problem, not score political points. Until the President offers a realistic plan to replace the sequester and cut spending, that won't occur."
On Tuesday, Manchin released a list of 20 of the most significant cuts in federal funds coming to West Virginia if Congress fails to pass a new budget:
"These cuts are draconian," Manchin said. "I am hoping they find a deal before the end of the month. A common sense approach to fixing things seems to be continually broken."
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