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Obama, top lawmakers to meet Friday on budget cuts

By Josh Lederman

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:23 a.m. HST, Feb 27, 2013

WASHINGTON » The White House says President Barack Obama will meet Friday with congressional leaders to discuss what to do about $85 billion in mandatory spending cuts.

The top Democrat and Republican in both the House and Senate will attend. It's the first face-to-face meeting between Obama and Republican leaders this year.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says it's a chance to address ways to reduce government spending. He says Americans won't accept more taxes as part of a deal to avert the cuts.

The across-the-board cuts are set to kick in on Friday, so the meeting will come after Congress has officially missed the deadline for averting the cuts.

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ufried wrote:
i wonder which golf course congress has to meet him at...
on February 27,2013 | 05:36AM
soundofreason wrote:
" so the meeting will come after Congress has officially missed the deadline for averting the cuts.">> BLATANTLY.........uninvolved.
on February 27,2013 | 05:42AM
cojef wrote:
The move was a calculated ploy by the President to establish who to blame for the cuts. Why have a meeting after the sequester begins. Any efforts to deter a sequester could be accomplished if two sides decided to meet and work out the differences. Instead the president made several trip outside the beltway to peddle his spin as to whom to blame should the sequester occur. That's nasty politics, playing the blaming game rather than rolling up your sleeve and get down in the trenches work out the differences. The voters cannot get their representatives to react, he is the President. It is job to see that the Nations business is done in a timely fashion, and not to wait until the dead-line is upon them. Prudent business people do it in that fashion. A former Democratic President said, " the buck stops here".
on February 27,2013 | 09:33AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Meanwhile, the second carrier that's supposed to depart for the Persian Gulf sits idle in Norfolk. It seems that President drone killer, Mr. Gutsy call, who's produced more envelope-pushing executive orders than most would be able to handle getting the carrier under way. He can shut down the coal industry, but can't cobble together funds for a carrier to depart. He can appoint executive positions without constitutionally mandated approval, but he can't direct the Navy to find the resources out of its eleven carrier battle groups to launch one to the PG. Mostly, why can't our dear leader, in the name of national defense, call on the congress to at least pass emergency exceptions for the carrier deployment? Is the 1.5 miles to the Capitol building just too much for him? He'd rather raise a pittance in taxes (compared to our total debt and spending) than support the national defense? Sounds like it.-------------- Meanwhile the a-bomb building Iranian Mullahs are just encouraged that we are too weak to do a thing to protect our critical national interests.
on February 27,2013 | 09:31AM
markat wrote:
Our government is broken. We should get a furlough on taxes until it is fixed.
on February 27,2013 | 02:17PM
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