Meanwhile, the White House continued its daily recital of horror stories from the looming spending cuts.
National parks, military programs and the jobs of FBI agents, firefighters, federal prosecutors and government researchers are all on the chopping block.
On Friday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood sounded the alarm, telling a White House briefing air traffic controllers would be among the first furloughed.
He predicted major flight delays and cancellations over "the next 30 days." A Republican, LaHood urged his former GOP House colleagues to help.
"This is not rocket science," he said.
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