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Washington - Obama Signs Order To Begin Spending Cuts

Published on: March 2, 2013 07:14 PM
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US President Barack Obama responds to a question from the news media during a press conference at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 01 March 2013. President Obama responded to questions in the White House breifing room after a meeting with congressional leaders on the sequester.  EPA/SHAWN THEWUS President Barack Obama responds to a question from the news media during a press conference at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 01 March 2013. President Obama responded to questions in the White House breifing room after a meeting with congressional leaders on the sequester.  EPA/SHAWN THEW

Washington - President Barack Obama has signed an order authorizing the government to begin cutting $85 billion from federal accounts, officially enacting across-the-board reductions that he opposed but failed to avert.

Obama acted Friday, the deadline for the president and Congress to avoid the steep, one-year cuts.

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Obama has insisted on replacing the cuts, known as a “sequester” in government budget language, with tax increases and cuts spread out over time. Republicans have rejected any plan that included tax revenue.

The government says the reductions will soon result in furlough notices to government employees and will trim government spending on defense contracts and in domestic government programs. Active military personnel and anti-poverty and low-income assistance programs are largely protected from the cuts.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

President Barack Obama plans to address the media after budget talks with congressional leaders at the White House.

The White House announced that the president will speak in the Brady Press Briefing Room at 11:35 a.m. EST Friday after ending a meeting with the lawmakers that lasted less than an hour.

Obama met with House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi as a series of automatic budget cuts are about to go into effect. There were no indications of a breakthrough in their stalemate.

 

 


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 Mar 02, 2013 at 07:35 PM Anonymous Says:

government employees are known to be lacking in out put, this may make them harder working for their jobs.. will get mow more for the money..

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 Mar 02, 2013 at 07:57 PM The problem is ... OBAMA!! Says:

I guess the sun came up after all!!

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 Mar 02, 2013 at 10:12 PM lipa21 Says:

it's about time he stops spending what he don't have - half the government employees s/b fired - maybe America would be better off

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 Mar 02, 2013 at 10:28 PM NeoYekke Says:

My colleagues and I are running the numbers, and we see $600 to $1M jobs lost in 2013 as a result of this (when you calculate velocity effects). Perhaps a drop in GDP this year of 1/2 a percentage point.

Certainly every bank, insurer, and reassurance firm is lowering their outlook for this year's economy. Like it or not, these decisions ripple through the whole US economy and then the world.

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