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Boehner Not Blinking in Budget Deadlock

Boehner Not Blinking in Budget DeadlockAndrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- With sequestration set to strike on Friday, House Speaker John Boehner returned to the Capitol after a nine-day recess with no apparent change in his political posture: If the $85 billion cuts are...

White House Previews Local Impacts of Sequester

White House Previews Local Impacts of SequesterGetty Images/Comstock Images(WASHINGTON) -- The National Governors Association’s winter meeting is under way in the nation’s capital, and while President Obama hosted the state executives for their annual black-tie dinner in the White House...

Sequester Is Coming, Democrats and Republicans Agree

Sequester Is Coming, Democrats and Republicans AgreeIngram Publishing/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Believe it or not, there is some bipartisan agreement in Washington, D.C.  The problem is Republicans and Democrats agree those automatic spending cuts known as the “sequester” will probably ...

Rep. Eliot Engel: The Sequester Is ‘Stupid’

Rep. Eliot Engel: The Sequester Is ‘Stupid’ABC (WASHINGTON) – Speaking Sunday morning on ABC News’ This Week, Rep. Eliot Engel, D-NY, called the automatic spending cuts — also known as the “sequester” — that are scheduled to go into effect on March 1 a &ldquo...

‘Hope Springs Eternal’ for Obama on Budget Cuts

‘Hope Springs Eternal’ for Obama on Budget CutsOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- With one week to go until sweeping budget cuts kick in, President Obama on Friday said avoiding the so-called sequester is a “no-brainer” and that lawmakers still have the “oppor...

LaHood Warns Budget Cuts Would Be ‘Very Painful for the Flying Public’

LaHood Warns Budget Cuts Would Be ‘Very Painful for the Flying Public’TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned Friday that looming across-the-board spending cuts would cause flight delays at major airports, force the Federal Aviation Administration to furlough workers an...

Obama Reaches Out to GOP Leaders in Effort to Stave Off Sequester

Obama Reaches Out to GOP Leaders in Effort to Stave Off SequesterSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The White House is hoping good conversations will lead to good results as the administration steps up efforts to avoid deep automatic spending cuts a week from Friday that could waylay the economic recovery.Up ...

Senate Democrats Protect Corporate Jet Loophole

Senate Democrats Protect Corporate Jet LoopholeiStockphoto/Thinkstock By Jonathan Karl (WASHINGTON) -- Listening to the White House, you’d think the key to averting the across-the-board spending cuts (the dreaded “sequester”) set to take place on March 1 is closing the tax break f...

Would Sequester Cuts Make US a Second-Rate Power?

Would Sequester Cuts Make US a Second-Rate Power?JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) -- With sweeping budget cuts looming, ABC News pressed the White House Thursday about how these cuts would really impact America’s military might. Here's the transcript from the exchange:    ...

Pentagon Plans Furloughs of Nearly Entire Civilian Workforce

Pentagon Plans Furloughs of Nearly Entire Civilian WorkforceDigital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Deep automatic spending cuts scheduled to take effect on March 1 will greatly affect the Pentagon's civilian workforce, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Wednesday.Appearing at a briefing with Pentagon Chie...

White House Says Stopgap Measure Only Way to Avoid Sequestration Deadline

White House Says Stopgap Measure Only Way to Avoid Sequestration DeadlineOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- The  White House says that a short-term resolution may be the only workable option to avoid triggering the sweeping package of federal budget cuts known as “the sequester,” unless...

Republicans Don’t Budge After Obama Shames Congress on TV

Republicans Don’t Budge After Obama Shames Congress on TVSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The so-called sequester seems more unavoidable than ever as lawmakers enjoying a nine-day recess in the comfort of their districts watched President Obama shame them publicly on television, part of the presiden...

Nancy Pelosi Wants to Stop the Sequester

Nancy Pelosi Wants to Stop the SequesterJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke out forcefully on Thursday against deep automatic spending cuts called the sequester that are due to take effect on March 1 unless there is congressional action.The Ca...

Four-Hour Airport Security Screenings? Administration Warns of Sequester Impact

Four-Hour Airport Security Screenings? Administration Warns of Sequester ImpactAlex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday held a hearing on the wide-ranging impacts of the looming issue of sequestration that could take effect March 1. Senators held the hearing as Appropriations Committee Ch...

Would Sequester Cuts Put Meat in Danger?

Would Sequester Cuts Put Meat in Danger?Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Take our naval vessels, our jet-engine programs and our Social Security checks, but do not lay hands on our meat.If the congressionally mandated budget “sequester” happens, the meat industry says it will t...

Rep. Cole Poses Doubts on Obama’s Plans for Budget, Guns, Drones

Rep. Cole Poses Doubts on Obama’s Plans for Budget, Guns, DronesABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama's plea to House Republicans to include new revenues along with spending cuts to head off the March 1 sequester has apparently fallen on deaf ears.Deputy Majority Whip Tom Cole told ABC's This Week Sunday that GOP...

Sen. Harry Reid: Any Budget Deal Must Include Revenue

Sen. Harry Reid: Any Budget Deal Must Include RevenueABC/Martin H. Simon(NEW YORK) -- Asserting that “the American people” are on his side, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said during an exclusive interview for “This Week” that any that deal reached between Republicans ...

Sen. Harry Reid: Any Budget Deal Must Include Revenue

Sen. Harry Reid: Any Budget Deal Must Include RevenueABC/Martin H. Simon(NEW YORK) -- Asserting that “the American people” are on his side, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said during an exclusive interview for “This Week” that any that deal reached between Republicans ...

Can Congress Avoid Fiscal Cliff? Boehner ‘Not Confident At All’

Can Congress Avoid Fiscal Cliff? Boehner ‘Not Confident At All’TOBY JORRIN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- House Speaker John Boehner bluntly assessed the prospects for a bipartisan agreement on deficit reduction and called on President Obama to demonstrate leadership by unveiling his administration’s plan t...

House Passes Rep. Ryan’s Sequester Replacement Plan

House Passes Rep. Ryan’s Sequester Replacement PlanABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The House of Representatives voted Thursday to pass the GOP’s plan to replace the sequestration cuts to defense, drawing a sharp contrast between each political party’s priorities and values in Congress.The Sequester...
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