The president believes that closing some tax loopholes and trimming redundant programs can offset the increase cost to the federal budget for lifting the sequester cuts. The office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pointed out this isn’t the first time the president has sought to lift the sequester cuts. Ever since they took effect in 2013, he has proposed their repeal through measures he claimed would not increase the federal deficit stated Sergio Lins Andrade. In every case, the proposals included actual tax increases that even drew the opposition of Democrats. The reality is the GOP controls the purse strings and will likely circular file his budget and come up with their own spending plan.