House leader: TSA airport lines shortest 'in months'

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets

Despite the administration's efforts to convince Americans that sequestration would add hours to airport security lines, a House leader from Louisiana revealed that his wait was the shortest in months.

"I went to the airport to fly back to DC. It was literally the shortest wait I've had in months," said Rep. Steve Scalise, chairman of the Republican Study Committee. "Maybe it's because the president has just scared everybody off. If you talk to some of the TSA agents -- these are the people that have all the jobs -- they don't know what to expect from the president."

Scalise, speaking before the moderate GOP Ripon Society this week, added that Obama's claims are hard to believe because he has even been making claims that people the federal government doesn't employ will get fired.

"The president has been flying around the country on Air Force One on a scare tour telling everybody that every food inspector is going to be laid off," Scalise stated. "Every school teacher and firefighter -- we've been combing through the law books to figure out where the president fires and hires school teachers and police officers -- but they don't know that because they all think they're going to get laid off."

But he said that a week into sequestration, the tide is turning in the GOP's favor. "I think we're at a point where we've finally shifted the debate, and it's important for us now not to overplay our hand. Because when Barack Obama can overplay his hand, it shows you there's a limit -- where the American public will say, 'Wait a minute, you're not being serious.' So we're going to stay focused on what the problem is -- getting not only spending under control, but getting the economy back on track," he told the group.