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Cramer: Sequestration brought 'axes' instead of 'scalpels'

Using an axe where a scalpel is more appropriate.

That’s how North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer describes how many federal agencies have dealt with the budget sequestration. Some of the agencies have adopted across-the-board methods to deal with the sequester, resulting in furloughs – and unhappiness.

"There clearly has been an attempt to use the sequester to inflict the maximum pain on the maximum number of people, to make a political point," said Cramer. "That's opposed to accepting the reality of reduced budgets and the need for strategic cuts. That's mismanagement."

Cramer says the House has passed legislation to prevent the Department of Defense from using furloughs. He says the Senate has not yet acted on it.