Cuts in place, Obama and GOP brace for next fight

Various sectors hit with spending cuts
Associated Press
Mar 3, 2013

 

Severe spending cuts now the law of the land, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans refused Saturday to concede any culpability for failing to stave off what both parties acknowledged was a foolhardy way to slash $85 billion in federal spending.

The still-fragile economy braced itself for the gradual but potentially grave impact of the across-the-board cuts, which took effect Friday night at the stroke of Obama's pen. Hours earlier, he and congressional leaders emerged from a White House meeting no closer to an agreement.

Even as they pledged a renewed effort to retroactively undo the spending cuts, both parties said the blame rests squarely on the other for any damage the cuts might inflict. There were no indications that either side was wavering from entrenched positions that for weeks had prevented progress on a deal to find a way out: Republicans refusing any deal with more tax revenue and Democrats snubbing any deal without it.

"None of this is necessary," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday. "It's happening because Republicans in Congress chose this outcome over closing a single wasteful tax loophole that helps reduce the deficit."

The president said the cuts would cause "a ripple effect across the economy" that would worsen the longer they stay in place, eventually costing more than 750,000 jobs and disrupting the lives of middle-class families.

In the Republican-controlled House, GOP lawmakers washed their hands of the mess, arguing that bills they passed in the last Congress to avert the cuts absolved them of any responsibility. Those bills passed with little to no Democratic support and were never taken up by the Senate.

"We've done the work and shown that these choices can be made in a responsible, thoughtful way," said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington in the GOP address.

Obama was holding out hope that as Americans start feeling the effects of the sequester — the term used for the automatic spending cuts — public pressure will force lawmakers back to the table. Ever wary that such fiscal fiascos could jeopardize the rest of his second-term agenda, Obama vowed in his weekly address to keep pushing reforms on immigration, preschool, gun violence and transportation.

But attention was already turning to the next major budget hurdles, with less than a month to negotiate a plan to fund the government beyond March 27 and a debt-ceiling clash coming in May.

Hopes that a measure to undo the spending cuts could be wrapped into a March deal to keep the government running dimmed Friday when both Obama and House Speaker John Boehner said they'd prefer to keep the two issues separate.

"I'm hopeful that we won't have to deal with the threat of a government shutdown while we're dealing with the sequester at the same time," Boehner said.

 

Comments

deertracker

Answer this. Under which administration did the phone program begin? Wait for it........................

Contango

http://www.fcc.gov/lifeline

It was for landlines, not cells.

Which party controlled Congress?

So is that renowned "fiscal conservative" Pres. BHO talking about ending it?

reese

Contango,

Thanks for the link...it was in 1985 (Reagan!)and it was expanded to include cell phones in 2005 (Bush!). And the funding goes to phone companies that want to participate.(Do you wonder why they would do that?)They get repaid at about $10/phone/month for providing the phone and 250 minutes/month to one low-income household member. It is limited to one person per household. And it is paid for through fees collected by the feds from all telecommunications companies. [And I wondered why they would not complain about those fees.(taxes?)] Well, I found many of those answers at http://www.universalservice.org/...

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swiss cheese kat

@ deertracker
Low-income households have been eligible for discounted telephone service for more than a decade. But that program is funded by telecom companies, not by taxes, you moran.

anthras

where does the telecom companies get the money from to pay for the phones and service ?????????????

goofus
deertracker

That's Diddy goofy!

goofus

No, it's ditty, look it up maroon. Here's your diddy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o...

deertracker

Maroon???? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

goofus

Kahuk Kahuk Kahuk he said maroon like bugs bunny, I thinks maybe I should be offended!!!!!

ROTFLMAO

I just placed my order in for Rosetta Stone Chinese. They own half this country now, thanks to a present President who we still are not sure if he is a citizen. Moving to China for a job. Lot more money than USA can pay. I'm just saying.

deertracker

Oh yes, the last four years is how we got here! I am sure he is a citizen, why aren't you? Go ahead move, they will be glad to give you a bag of rice and some tea for a 20hr shift!

goofus

Some experts have said the new birth certificate furnised is fake, afterall 5 million will go along way!!!!
FEC Report: Obama May Have Spent $5M to Seal Records

02/27/13

From Free Republic: h/t theobamafile.com

The following is information that was compiled from the official Federal Elections Commission (FEC) website for disbursements from the Obama campaign to Robert Bauer's law firm of Perkins Coie, which represents Obama in various eligibility and records suits.

Perkins Coie does not appear in the pre-general election filing. You are free to pursue any further information that is of interest. But one would assume that the official FEC website to which the Obama and other campaigns must report their financial activity would be taken by even the most skeptical among us as valid documentation of the reported $1 million to $6 million, or anything in between, figure illegally expended to defend the eligibility suits.

This information is about the legal fees AND RENT(?) only of that one law firm, not the Department of Justice attorneys that have also represented Obama in several courts, court fees, or other related costs.​

Note: When the queries return their results, search the table on "Perkins" or "Coie"

Read more at http://www.reagancoalition.com/a...

deertracker

You are sounding RIDICULOUS! Snap out of it!

goofus

To you and you only sunshine!!!!

John Harville

To me, too. Regardless. You GOoPs don't have the votes to do anything about it.

goofus

Criminals like Obozo has all the votes he needs. To bad the courts lately aren't on his side which his arrogance will definetly get him into deep ca ca. President Harrison J Bounell's reign will soon end.

goofus

Sorry about the length but the censors thought my freerepublic link triggered the spam filter, the SR can't believe in a free republic

Contango

Both Mr. and Mrs. Obama gave up their IL law licenses. To my knowledge, no "self-respecting" atty. would ever do that since it takes a lot of work to get 'em in the first place.

deertracker

No worries, they both will earn MILLIONS from giving speeches! Cool!

goofus

they should be very careful, they could land themselves in the upper 1%

ROTFLMAO

Well deertracker, you just proved my point, you are a Richard Cranial, and can probably thank you for voting BO in.

deertracker

You have no point!

goofus

and you do!!!!!

Second Opinion

Just reported that Obamas sending another $450,000,000 to Egypt. Proves that he hates this country

John Harville

who reported that? Oh, that's right, you don't believe in sources.

goofus

Oh Oh sweetheart, it was your vaulted NYT.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/0...

You sir don't believe in sources

Really are you ...

Send the best of the best from SCORE and the SBA to DC. To show the president and congress how to balance the budget, cut spending, and how long it should take to turn our deficit into an actual surplus. Since Boehner is afraid of the word comprimise, how about showing him how to negotiate. In DC, as the heads of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches they are being paid very well with benefits to represent us, the citizens of the United States. If we were to just walk away from our work, like they did to avoid voting the other day, we would be fired. Why are they being paid at all if they are afraid to do their jobs? Why isn't the Supreme Court stepping up and making Congress do their jobs? Do they think they are above the law? If the president is not doing his job, why is the Supreme Court not questioning him? I know if I was doing such a lack luster job, I would have been fired a long time ago.

2cents

(SCORE)
That is a joke, 30 years ago I had them tell me that there was no way the small company I wanted to start could compete in the automotive arena. I loved the chalange : )

(SBA) bigger joke unless you are, well a so called minority, whatever that is!

Contango

Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.), in a letter to the White House Office of Management and Budget, Feb. 26:

"In just the past two years, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has identified more than 1,362 duplicative programs accounting for at least $364.5 billion in federal spending every single year,"

http://www.coburn.senate.gov/pub...

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