Boehner says he hopes to avert scheduled U.S. spending cuts

WASHINGTON Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:36am EST

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WASHINGTON Feb 13 (Reuters) - Republican U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday said he hopes to avoid $85 billion in spending cuts set to kick in within weeks, and called on President Barack Obama and Democrats to offer a plan to avoid it.

While other Republicans have said the spending cuts, called a "sequester," seems certain to begin as scheduled on March 1, Boehner told a news conference, "I would hope that it would not happen."

"Sequester is bad policy. It takes a meat axe approach to government spending. That is why the president should be forthcoming with a plan to replace sequester," the speaker said.

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