Obama asks Congress for short-term budget fix - Article Photos 1/2

FILE - This Feb. 3, 2012 file photo shows the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters in Washington. Trying to ratchet up pressure on Congress, the White House on Friday detailed what it said would be the painful impact on the federal work force and certain government assistance programs if “large and arbitrary” scheduled government spending cuts are allowed to take place beginning March 1. They include layoffs or furloughs of “hundreds of thousands” of federal workers, from FBI agents, U.S. prosecutors and food safety inspectors to air traffic controllers, said White House budget officials at a briefing. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)