White House says not exaggerating impact of automatic spending cuts

WASHINGTON Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:26pm EST

The U.S. Capitol building is seen in Washington January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House has very little flexibility in how to roll out automatic spending cuts slated to take effect on March 1 because of the way the sequester law is written, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Friday.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by David Brunnstrom)

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astroz wrote:
President Obama demanded the sequester option, and has consistently refused to find or agree on any cuts since that time. He is the biggest reason the sequester cuts will happen, despite his song and dance to the contrary. Never the less, it is only 2.3% of this years budget, and you’d think we were going to collapse. It should have been much more.

Feb 22, 2013 2:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:
He is going to cut the budget back to what? Spending levels of last year or 2 years ago. I think we will be just fine.

Feb 23, 2013 3:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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