Weekly GOP Address: McMorris Rodgers Calls Sequester 'Devastating' Spending Cuts House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) delivers this week's address, calling on President Obama and Senate Democrats to negotiate a solution to the President's devastating spending cuts, known as the sequester. The President's sequester went into effect March 1st. The Democrat-led Senate has not passed any replacement plan, and the President has not put any solution forward. The House has acted--twice--to replace the sequester with responsible cuts and reforms. Washington Democrats must act.