WASHINGTON Feb 13 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
"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.