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President Barack Obama says “people will lose their jobs” when spending cuts hit

In his latest appeal to stop automatic spending cuts, the president says “hundreds of thousands” may be added to unemployment rolls if cuts take effect on March 1, and he insists again on new tax revenue.
by Chris Casteel Published: February 20, 2013

Obama wants tax reform as part of a package replacing the looming cuts, but Republicans have refused to consider it.

The president said Tuesday that the Republican position “would be like Democrats saying we have to close our deficits without any spending cuts whatsoever. It's all taxes. That's not the position Democrats have taken. That's certainly not the position I've taken.”

But Republican congressional leaders on Tuesday questioned the president's commitment.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said, “Replacing the president's sequester will require a plan to cut spending that will put us on the path to a budget that is balanced in 10 years,” Boehner said. “What other spending is the president willing to cut?”

Congress is in recess this week, and won't return to Washington until Monday.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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