White House says it could also feel sting of spending cuts

WASHINGTON Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:59pm EST

U.S. President Barack Obama discusses the automatic budget cuts scheduled to take effect next week, while in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the White House complex in Washington February 19, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Barack Obama discusses the automatic budget cuts scheduled to take effect next week, while in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the White House complex in Washington February 19, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the latest dire warning about the effects of automatic government spending cuts known as the "sequester," an Obama administration official said on Wednesday that not even the White House's own operations will be spared.

"The Executive Office of the President is subject to the sequester, and we anticipate significant disruption to our operations and mission, which could include furloughs," said the official, who did not provide further details.

President Barack Obama has been sounding the alarm about the impact of the $85 billion in automatic across-the-board government spending cuts set to take effect on March 1.

The White House has talked about potential layoffs for a broad spectrum of federal employees such as emergency workers, preschool teachers and meat inspectors to illustrate the impact, part of an effort to spur congressional Republicans to negotiate with Democrats to avert the cuts.

Some analysts have said the fears are overplayed and expect few immediate outward signs of the cuts on March 1.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Philip Barbara)

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imacracker wrote:
What federal employees are preschool teachers?

Feb 20, 2013 6:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
fight the republicants with mitt’s jobs, jobs, jobs policy and forget about debt and deficit for now unless there’s meaningful cuts to military spending and cutoffs to subsidies for the rich and closing tax loopholes as well. a minimum tax rate of at least 25% on the rich would help too.

Feb 20, 2013 6:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
beech wrote:
“Sequestration” is sounding better all the time…. (although NOT for the military-this was originally Obamanation’s bright idea.)

Feb 20, 2013 6:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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