Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu took to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill to put blame on House Republicans.
"We have to have this chamber that only wants to work on one side of the equation," Landrieu lamented. "It's only about cuts, cuts and more cuts. They are senseless, they are dangerous, they do not make sense for our country."
Landrieu says those cuts mean 7,000 civilian defense employees will be furloughed. She also says Louisiana will lose millions in education funding.
"This...will cost us 15.8 million in funding for primary and secondary education," Landrieu warned. "Early head start services will be cut to over 1,400 children who desperately need a better start in life."
Republican Senator David Vitter says the blunt-tool approach to the cuts was President Obama's idea. Vitter said they could have come up with a better way to not spend $85 billion.
"I think there are plenty of ways to achieve exactly the same amount of savings and deficit reduction," Vitter insisted, "without real pain and dislocation and without increasing taxes again."
Republicans reluctantly agreed to raise the top marginal tax rate during the "fiscal cliff" negotiations. Those new rates went into effect at the beginning of the year.
"The president is clearly trying to use this to get more taxes," Vitter claimed. "I think he's clearly trying to maximize the pain and disruption, not minimize it, because he thinks maybe he can get more taxes that way."