House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) on Thursday ripped into President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for failing to try to stop $500 billion in automatic cuts to Defense spending, in his most pointed remarks yet about the threat of sequestration.

McKeon took aim at the Democratic leaders while accepting the Dwight D. Eisenhower Award from the National Defense Industrial Association on Thursday.

“The president’s vision of an ‘American Century’ is hollow, dangerous and takes for granted the military strength and power required to protect the homeland, assure our allies and keep our enemies at bay,” McKeon said, according to prepared remarks obtained by The Hill.