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Obama Appeals to 'Caucus of Common Sense' to Stop Sequester

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the sequester after a meeting with congressional leaders at the White House, March 1, 2013.
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the sequester after a meeting with congressional leaders at the White House, March 1, 2013.
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U.S. President Barack Obama is reaching out to what he calls the "caucus of common sense" to stop the $85 billion in government spending cuts that took effect Saturday.

Obama said in his weekly address that there are Republicans who want to end certain tax breaks for the rich and Democrats who want to reform big government programs like Social Security and Medicare.  So, he says he will continue to reach out to both parties to find a compromise.

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In the Republican response, Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers repeated Republican objection to raising taxes. She said the debate should focus on smarter spending cuts.

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President Obama signed the spending cuts into law Friday. He was legally obligated to sign the order even if he did not want to.

The drastic cuts, known as a sequester, were meant to force Congress and the White House to reach a budget deal so they would never actually take effect.

Millions of Americans could be facing tough choices as the effects of the government cuts are gradually felt.

Some federal agencies have instituted a hiring freeze and cut spending on various projects to avoid worker furloughs.

Economists say poor families and the unemployed will lose benefits. Stores could see food shortages because of fewer meat inspections. There could also be delays in shipping and a lower demand for imported goods, which may hurt U.S. trading partners.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says budget uncertainty puts the Pentagon's ability to carry out its missions at risk. Among other moves, Hagel said the Navy will have to ground planes, the Air Force will cut flying hours, and the Army will cut back on training.

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by: Ed Mays from: Brick NJ
March 02, 2013 7:58 PM
We need alot of spending cuts and the Pentagon is a good place to begin. And let`s knock off the nonsense where members of Congress can add attachments of favorite projects onto an unrelated bill.

by: TonyG from: Az
March 02, 2013 9:19 AM
No surprise . . . the "Narcissus" has blamed the Republications. Yahoo!! Look in the mirror Obama . . . how about the other $6T you have wasted in the last 4 years . . . we are not better off . . . unless you are on welfare, unemployment, etc. Take ownership of something . . . not your golf score. Of course we won't believe you if you did divulge the score. Honestly who cares!

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