News / USA

Obama Urges Governors to Help Avert Automatic Budget Cuts

President Obama addresses National Governors Association under portrait of President Lincoln, State Dining Room, White House, Feb. 25, 2013.President Obama addresses National Governors Association under portrait of President Lincoln, State Dining Room, White House, Feb. 25, 2013.
x
President Obama addresses National Governors Association under portrait of President Lincoln, State Dining Room, White House, Feb. 25, 2013.
President Obama addresses National Governors Association under portrait of President Lincoln, State Dining Room, White House, Feb. 25, 2013.
President Barack Obama on Monday appealed to state governors to use their influence with Congress to avert deep automatic cuts in domestic and defense spending scheduled to begin Friday.  

Eighty-five billion dollars in cuts, the first stage of a potential $1.2 trillion in reductions over 10 years required by a past deficit agreement, will take effect unless Congress can pass alternative legislation.  

On Sunday, The White House released details of what it called "devastating" effects on all U.S. states and the District of Columbia, ranging from flight delays and cancellations, to border security and national security impacts.

Speaking to governors, President Obama said they are in the best position to know how budget cuts will make life harder for Americans.

"The longer these cuts are in place, the bigger the impact will become," said President Obama. "So while you are in town, I hope that you will speak with your congressional delegation and remind them - in no uncertain terms - what is at stake, and exactly who is at risk.  Because here is the thing, these cuts do not have to happen.  Congress can turn them off anytime with just a little bit of compromise."

Senate Democrats are working on legislation that could delay the Friday deadline for mandatory cuts, known as a sequester, and allow more time for broader negotiations.

Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner says the House will not act unless it receives a bill from the Senate.  

"The President could sit down with [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid tonight and work with Senate Democrats, who have the majority in the Senate, to move a bill," said Boehner. "It's time for them to act.  I have made this clear for months now, and yet we see nothing."

Boehner says President Obama's balanced approach to deficit reduction, including his call for additional revenue, amounts to more tax increases, and government spending.

After meeting with Obama, governors voiced concerns about impacts from the sequester.

Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley of Maryland supports President Obama's call for balanced reductions.  Republican Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal asserted President Obama has not shown enough leadership.

OMALLEY:  "All of us are calling on Congress to come together, to solve this problem, and do it not in an arbitrary way, but in a way where we can compromise and save jobs and keep our economy moving forward."

JINDAL:  "Enough is enough.  Now is the time to cut spending.  It can be done without jeopardizing the economy.  It can be done without jeopardizing critical services.  The president needs to stop campaigning, stop trying to scare the American people, stop trying to scare states."

The White House denies suggestions it is using scare tactics, as some Republicans and other critics suggest.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano appeared at the White House news briefing to speak about wide-ranging severe effects of the sequester.

"Put simply, the automatic budget reduction mandated by sequestration would be disruptive and destructive to our nation's security and economy," said Napolitano.

Napolitano said impacts would include furloughs of Customs and Border Patrol officers, delays at airports and border crossing points, increased costs to trade, and reduced capabilities to respond to natural disasters.

Asked about increased vulnerability to terrorism, Napolitano said her agency will undertake the same security checks at border points, but procedures will take longer, and overall security may be weakened.

You May Like

As US Strikes Syria, China Sees Parallels at Home

Beijing is debating how much support to give international coalition against IS militants and trying to figure out how many Chinese nationals may have joined group overseas More

CDC: Ebola Could Infect 1.4 Million by January

update US health officials say if efforts to curb the outbreak are not increased, cases will soar dramatically by early next year More

Video USAID Provides $231 Million for Girls Education in 5 Countries

US Agency for International Development partners with celebrities to call attention to importance of education for girls worldwide More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Jason from: Washington
February 25, 2013 6:47 PM
Well the Fiscal Cliff that is going to make WallStreet tank next Monday is going to come on Friday. Not much that can be done. Oh well.


by: NVO from: USA
February 25, 2013 5:57 PM
The Regimes agenda is to create a NEW WORLD ORDER, a ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT, a ONE WORLD RELIGION. Do not be deceived by all the so called talks that accomplish.....NOTHING. The media is controlled by the banks, the Rockefellers in the USA, and the Rothschilds in Europe. They control EVERYTHING. The Republicans and the Democrats are just the puppets, but the puppet MASTER is members of the GLOBAL ELITE, THE NEW WORLD ORDER. Dont be deceived.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
NASA’s MAVEN Probe Enters Mars Orbiti
X
September 22, 2014 9:20 PM
NASA’s newest Mars probe, called MAVEN, has successfully entered its designated orbit around the Red Planet. Scientists will use its sophisticated instruments to try to learn what happened to the atmosphere Mars had a few billion years ago. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video NASA’s MAVEN Probe Enters Mars Orbit

NASA’s newest Mars probe, called MAVEN, has successfully entered its designated orbit around the Red Planet. Scientists will use its sophisticated instruments to try to learn what happened to the atmosphere Mars had a few billion years ago. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video For West Ukraine City, Conflict Far Away Yet Near

The western Ukrainian city of Lviv prides itself on being both physically and culturally close to Western Europe. The Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country are 1,200 kilometers away, and seemingly even farther away in their world view. Still, as VOA’s Al Pessin reports, the war is having an impact in Lviv.
Video

Video Saving Global Fish Stocks Starts in the Kitchen

With an estimated 90 percent of the world’s larger fish populations having already vanished, a growing number of people in the seafood industry are embracing the concept of sustainable fishing and farming practices. One American marine biologist turned restaurateur in Thailand is spreading the word among fellow chefs and customers. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Bangkok.
Video

Video Chinese Admiral Key in China’s Promotion of Sea Links

China’s President last week wrapped up landmark visits to India, Sri Lanka and Maldives, part of a broader campaign to promote a new “Maritime Silk Road” in Asia. The Chinese government’s promotion efforts rely heavily on the country’s best-known sailor, a 15th century eunuch named Zheng He. VOA's Bill Ide reports from the sailor’s hometown in Yunnan on the effort to promote China’s future by recalling its past.
Video

Video Experts Fear Ebola Outbreak ‘Beyond Our Capability to Contain’

Each day brings with it new warnings about the deadly Ebola outbreak already blamed for killing more than 2,600 people across West Africa. And while countries and international organizations like the United Nations are starting to come through on promises of help for those most affected, the unprecedented speed with which the virus has spread is raising questions about the international response. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from Washington.
Video

Video Natural Gas Export Plan Divides Maryland Town

A U.S. power company that has been importing natural gas now wants to export it. If approved, its plant in Lusby, Maryland, would likely be the first terminal on the United States East Coast to export liquefied natural gas from American pipelines. While some residents welcome the move because it will create jobs, others oppose it, saying the expansion could be a safety and environmental hazard. VOA’s Deborah Block examines the controversy.
Video

Video Difficult Tactical Battle Ahead Against IS Militants in Syria

The U.S. president has ordered the military to intensify its fight against the Islamic State, including in Syria. But how does the military conduct air strikes in a country that is not a U.S. ally? VOA correspondent Carla Babb reports from the Pentagon.
Video

Video Iran, World Powers Seek Progress in Nuclear Talks

Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany, known as the P5 + 1, have started a new round of talks on Iran's nuclear program. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports that as the negotiations take place in New York, a U.S. envoy is questioning Iran's commitment to peaceful nuclear activity.
Video

Video Migrants Caught in No-Man's Land Called Calais

The deaths of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean this week has only recast the spotlight on the perils of reaching Europe. And for those forunate enough to reach a place like Calais, France, only find that their problems aren't over. Lisa Bryant has the story.
Video

Video Westgate Siege Anniversary Brings Back Painful Memories

One year after it happened, the survivors of the terror attack on Nairobi's Westgate Shopping Mall still cannot shake the images of that tragic incident. For VOA, Mohammed Yusuf tells the story of victims still waiting for the answer to the question 'how could this happen?'
Video

Video Whaling Summit Votes to Uphold Ban on Japan Whale Hunt

The International Whaling Commission, meeting in Slovenia, has voted to uphold a court ruling banning Japan from hunting whales in the Antarctic Ocean. Conservationists hailed the ruling as a victory, but Tokyo says it will submit revised plans for a whale hunt in 2015. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video A Dinosaur Fit for Land and Water

Residents and tourists in Washington D.C. can now examine a life-size replica of an unusual dinosaur that lived almost a hundred million years ago in northern Africa. Scientists say studying the behemoth named Spinosaurus helps them better understand how some prehistoric animals adapted to life on land and in water. The Spinosaurus replica is on display at the National Geographic museum. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.

AppleAndroid