Obama Pushes Congress To Avoid Automatic Cuts; GOP Says It's Not The Problem | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : News

Filed Under:

Obama Pushes Congress To Avoid Automatic Cuts; GOP Says It's Not The Problem

Standing in front of first responders who he says could lose their jobs, President Obama pushed Tuesday for Congress to act now to avoid $85 billion in "automatic, severe budget cuts" set to kick in starting on March 1.

The cuts due because of the so-called sequestration "are not smart, they are not fair [and] they will hurt our economy," the president said.

He painted a picture of "border patrol agents' hour reduced ... FBI agents furloughed ... federal prosecutors [closing] cases and letting criminals go ... [and] thousands of teachers and educators [being] laid off" as government spending is cut.

If lawmakers can't agree on a plan to avoid the automatic cuts, Obama said, they should at least pass "a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms ... to give them time to work together on a plan that finishes the job of deficit reduction in a sensible way."

He charged that Republicans would rather see the automatic cuts go into effect than close "special interest loopholes." They would "rather put hundreds of thousands of jobs and our entire economy at risk," Obama said.

Republicans don't see things that way. Before the president spoke, the office of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, released these statements:

-- "GOP has long supported closing tax loopholes in order to simplify code, create jobs, expand opportunity for all. POTUS wants to spend more."

-- "GOP agrees the sequester is wrong way to reduce the deficit; but only the House has voted (twice) to replace it http://j.mp/VeNZVU."

-- "Will POTUS finally outline a plan today to replace his sequester w/responsible cuts that put us on a path to balance the budget in 10 years?"

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
NPR

Should Ray Rice Get A Second Chance? 'Maybe,' Parcells Says

In part two of David Greene's conversation with Bill Parcells, the legendary football coach discusses how he dealt with players' drug use, and redemption for the former Baltimore Raven running back.
NPR

Food Industry Drags Its Heels On Recyclable And Compostable Packaging

A new report from two environmental groups reviewed the recyclability and compostability of packaging from 47 food companies. It found few examples of companies that have prioritized waste reduction.
NPR

4 Reasons Why It's Veto Season At The White House

In his first six years in office, President Obama issued just two vetoes, the fewest of any president going all the way back to James Garfield. But that's about to change.
NPR

Media Outlets Partner With Snapchat To Appeal To Younger Users

As people disappear from the audiences of conventional news organizations, 11 media outlets have partnered with Snapchat in the U.S. to offer its younger users easily digested fare within the app.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.