THE RESET: White House catalogs spending-cut woes

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 22, 2013 at 12:26 pm •  Published: February 22, 2013
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Nationwide, the average price of gas was $3.78 a gallon Thursday, according to the AAA, an increase of 47 cents a gallon in just the past month. Also, Wal-Mart, the nation's leading retailer, reported it expects sales to be flat for the February-April period compared with a year ago — suggesting a slowdown in spending among low- to middle-income consumers.

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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