Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas is taking some unfortunate Democratic heat for failing to address the looming sequestration battle.
"With millions of jobs on the line, Congressman Kevin Yoder voted with his Tea Party colleagues today to skip town without a solution to the sequester crisis," the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said in a statement.
What the DCCC doesn't tell you is that Yoder voted against the sequestration in the first place.
The sequester -- roughly $100 billion in federal spending cuts each year for the next 10 years, divided between defense and non-defense programs -- was part of the Budget Control Act passed in Aug. 2011. Among other things, it raised the debt ceiling and established a "supercommittee" designed to address deficit issues.
Yoder was a no vote, as were Reps. Vicky Hartzler and Emanuel Cleaver.
Had they prevailed there would be no sequester crisis to fix. (There might have been a debt ceiling crisis 18 months ago, but that's a different argument.)
Demanding Yoder stay to fix sequestration is similar to your parents' requiring you to clean the rec room after your brother trashes it in a party.