“White House: States will feel impact from imminent budget cuts”

CBS NEWS

Continuing their full-court press offensive just days before $85 billion in automatic cuts to federal spending kicks in, senior administration officials are highlighting the impact of the cuts on individual states.

The officials’ dire warnings come on the heels of more Republican criticism of President Obama and his administration’s handling of the so-called sequester; the officials took the opportunity to again slam Republicans for refusing to compromise by including new revenue in a sequester replacement.

“It’s important to understand,” White House political director Dan Pfeiffer said, that the sequester is “going into effect because Republicans are choosing for it to go into effect.”

“Republicans are making a policy choice that these cuts are better for the economy than eliminating loopholes that benefit the wealthy,” he explained. “Hopefully they’ll change their mind in the next seven days.”

House Speaker John Boehner‘s spokesman Michael Steel responded in an email saying, “Republicans in the House have voted – twice – to replace President Obama’s sequester with smarter spending cuts. The White House needs to spend less time explaining to the press how bad the sequester will be and more time actually working to stop it.”  FULL  ARTICLE

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