Rep. Charles Rangel said Sunday that sequestration is the reason he failed to pay months of rent for his Harlem office.
A New York Post report said Rangel owes about $87,000 for the office he rents in the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building.
However, last year, the Post said the state allowed Rangel to postpone payments and then approved a $101,000 loan to cover them.
The congressman responded, saying he's working on paying everything off now that Congress successfully passed this year's budget.
"So do we owe from the sequestration to now? You bet your life. Are we going to pay it? Yes we are," Rangel said. "But it's not just my office. It's any office that had to take a cut that we didn't ask for in our budget."
Rangel also said he's planning to open a new mobile office to service his constituents in Washington Heights and the Bronx.