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Senator McConnell seeks flexibility in looming spending cuts
February 26, 2013 / 8:06 PM / 5 years ago

Senator McConnell seeks flexibility in looming spending cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday he favored replacing deep, across-the-board spending cuts set to begin on Friday with a more flexible approach that would be carried out by President Barack Obama’s administration.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to reporters in the Capitol in Washington January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

“I would be happy to give the president more flexibility and rely on the agency heads” to decide which specific programs should be cut to achieve $85 billion in reductions between March 1 and September 30, McConnell told reporters.

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid swiftly batted down the idea, saying that tax increases must be part of any replacement for the so-called sequestration.

Reporting By Richard Cowan and David Lawder; editing by Christopher Wilson

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