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White House warns budget cuts will affect Oklahoma teachers, students, senior citizens

In latest turn of the public relations battle, the White House releases new state figures estimating impacts of spending cuts, but Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn says the crisis is “created” and that not cutting spending would be worse.
by Chris Casteel Published: February 25, 2013

Coburn said the crisis was “created.” Cutting spending would be painful, he said, “but not cutting spending is going to be disastrous for our country.”

“The American people, you know, we see all these claims about what a tragedy it's going to be,” Coburn said.

“The great example is, is if the secretary of transportation can assure us all the planes are going to be safe, then the Department of Homeland Security can assure us that we can get through the airports on time. They have plenty of flexibility in terms of discretion on how they spend money.

“There are easy ways to cut this money that the American people will never feel.”

Asked whether the administration was using scare tactics in talking about furloughs and airport delays, White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer told reporters Sunday, “This is going to have a very real impact on people's lives and on communities, and people need to know why that is. Like I said, are all these things going to go into effect on the first day? No.

“But there are hundreds of thousands of Americans who are working today who will lose their jobs as a consequence of this Republican decision.”

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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