As the nation prepared for $85 billion in forced budget cuts set to take effect at midnight, Representative Pete Gallego expressed disappointment about the ongoing gridlock in Washington, D.C.
When there's a fire, people pitch in to fight the fire. You don't worry about whose fault it was, what caused the fire, why it's burning. You don't worry about that until after the fire is out, said Gallego, who is now two months into his first term in the U.S. Congress.
Gallego said the sequester will have a far-reaching impact on border security, with border patrol agents forced to cut overtime and take furlough days.
If you thought the wait is bad now, just wait. It'll get a lot worse. It'll take about five hours to cross, Rep. Gallego said.
He added that drug runners are more likely to get into the U.S. successfully, since less people will be protecting the border at any given time.
If you have less people and the same amount of traffic, how thorough can your searches be? asked Gallego.
The border patrol was forced to cut $754 million from its budget.
Agents will no longer be able to work overtime and will likely be furloughed at least one day a month.
Republican Representative Lamar Smith also released a statement about the impending sequester.
Sequestration is a symptom of a much larger problem: out of control government spending that threatens to bankrupt America. More tax hikes are not the solution. Only serious spending cuts that reduce the national debt will help save our nation's fiscal future, Smith said in a statement.