The pending across-the-board reductions in government spending, impacting everything from social programs to the military, were put in place last year as an incentive to both parties to find spending reductions. That legislation grew out of the two parties' inability in 2011 to agree to a tax and spending to significantly reduce the nation's budget deficit.
During the Detroit visit, Obama blasted right-to-work legislation that Republicans pushed through the state House and Senate last week. Obama mocked the "right to work" label supporters have used to describe the efforts to prohibit requiring non-union employees to financially support unions at the workplace. He said the law will give workers the right to work for less money.