Boehner warns automatic US budget cuts will stay without other cuts

WASHINGTON Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:47am EST

House Speaker John Boehner makes a brief statement to the media at the Capitol in Washington December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

House Speaker John Boehner makes a brief statement to the media at the Capitol in Washington December 19, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday broad automatic budget cuts will go into effect next month unless Congress and the White House find other spending cuts and "reforms" to balance the U.S. budget within 10 years.

Some $85 billion in budget cuts, also known as the "sequester," are due to go into effect March 1.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan and Thomas Ferraro; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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Comments (3)
Speaker2 wrote:
Go ahead let them happen. As I recall the house begins the budget process. You need cuts and tax revenue. The party Republican of NO….out of touch with reality.

Feb 14, 2013 1:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jaham wrote:
I don’t believe it has yet dawned on Obama that he is as lame a duck as you’ll ever find.

His only opportunity to accomplish anything in his second term was to merge to the center, instead he’s made a hard veer to the left because he believes the electorate so adores him and everything he says.

The truth is that the American electorate also voted in Republicans to control the House in 2010 and retained that majority in 2012 with the sole intention of thwarting his boneheaded initiatives.

His policies are a non-starter, but he is trying to further ostracize Republicans politically. Fortunately, I believe after 8 years of an abysmal economy, stubborn unemployment, and reckless spending Americans will finally realize that a robust private sector, not a bloated government, is the only organic and sustainable path to prosperity.

Feb 14, 2013 3:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Sensibility wrote:
Bring down that axe!

Feb 14, 2013 4:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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