Obama to press GOP on averting sequester

5:23 AM, Feb 19, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is pressing Congress to avert automatic budget cuts due to take effect in less than two weeks.

Obama will make his appeal during a White House event Tuesday morning. He will be joined by emergency responders, a group of workers the White House says could be affected if state and local governments lose federal money as a result of the cuts.

The $85 billion in across-the-board cuts is known as the sequester. The White House wants to offset the sequester with a combination of targeted spending cuts and tax revenue.

Senate Democrats offered a plan last week that is in line with the president's principles. But that proposal drew an icy reception from Republicans, who oppose offsetting the sequester with more revenue.

The Associated Press

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