Obama pushes Congress to avoid forced spending cuts
February 19th, 2013
11:22 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama pushes Congress to avoid forced spending cuts

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama warned Tuesday of diminished emergency services, longer airport security lines and other problems if Congress fails to reach agreement on avoiding the harshest impacts of automatic, across-the-board spending cuts set to begin March 1.

With firefighters, police officers and other emergency responders standing behind him, Obama said that "people will lose their jobs" if the forced cuts are allowed to take effect.


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  1. OH, NO!

    More "remarks" by the President of Remarks, delivered via his remarkable teleprompter! How remarkable that his remarks are so unremarkable. And how remarkable that the press incessantly finds his remarks so remarkable and riveting, albeit many of us have no idea what his remarks mean and when he will actually implement something even remotely like his remarks - other than follow them with even more remarks, of course! What a well-paid individual for delivering remarks - but it DOES bring a chuckle or two into my life (between bouts of horror of the lack of substance of the man - other than his "remarks").

    February 19, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It will naturally hurt the recovery, and the poor and middle classes- but that is what the GOP wants.
    That and making sure that the blame falls completely on the shoulders of the President and by extension his legacy. I'm sure that you haven't missed that "Obamaquester" clock behind the Drunkard of the House.
    It has become completely impossible to tell whom these Rethugs hate more: the country or THIS President.
    I agree with Lynda, there is nothing to cheer about when folks may be losing their jobs over political posturing and bickering.

    February 19, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. rs

    sequestration ah yes that thing that Obama wanted to have happen. The Idea he came up with. The thing he has made to happen. What the hell could anyone care about what lies he now wants to tell. Or who he wants to blame for what he did?
    You realize this is the most blatant and recent fact-checked lie from the GOP right? Mr. Boehner got 98% of what he wanted with the Sequester bill. It was written in the House and passed by the House, then Senate and signed by the President. In no way (beyond giving Boehner the rope he wanted) is it the President's.

    February 19, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. rs

    Where do you get this stuff? Boehner got what he wanted. The bill was written in the House by the GOP. All Obama did was sign it. Are you really asserting that Boehner and the GOP were so dumb as to write a bill they didn't want? That Republican stupidity is his fault? Get a grip!

    February 19, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    All we need to do to get the country moving again is kick out the gop morons in the house in 214 mid terms , simple !!!!!

    February 19, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Ancient Texan wrote:

    rs and Rudy....Sequester DID come out of the White House and was an effort to entrap the Republicans into a bad decision.
    The sooner you accept the reality of the fact that the POTUS neither writes House bills, nor determines which ones come to the floor for a vote. BTW, thanks for pointing out that Republicans make bad decisions. Their entire strategy was doomed to failure becaue he relied too heavily on their opponent making mistakes and their delusions of grandeur.

    February 19, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    Blame and repercussions will fall on the Republican/Tea Party who put ideology and politics before the welfare of this nation. Trying to blame the president by labeling it "Obamaquester" won't work. The Republican/Tea Party owns this one.

    February 19, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. Marcus

    Ancient Texan – Since there's NO WAY that the sequester/sequestration bill was crafted in the White House or in the Senate (Civics 101, it HAD to be created in the House), your whole 'Wake up you fools' comment is but a shallow and hollow attempt to disqualify other people's comments.

    February 19, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |

    Republicans in the House of Representatives voted unanimously TWICE for the Paul Ryan budgets, which didn't balance the budget for 25 years. Now those same House Republicans are claiming that they think Democrats need to commit to balancing the budget in 10 years? It's beyond a farce at this point. Just repeal the sequester.
    Repubs’ complaints of anything Obama are universal. Leaving aside complaints by wacky right wingers about Obama's birthplace or him being un-American, even mainstream Repubs say President Obama is too aloof, he’s too meddlesome, he doesn’t communicate, he is uncompromising, he campaigns too much, the list goes on and on with new complaints regularly added. Repubs real complaints is the mess they and GW Bush made hasn’t been cleaned up fast enough. But if President Barack Obama walked on water, the new Repub complaint would be the socialist didn’t swim!

    February 19, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. rs

    Face it GOP- you chose this cross to die on. Trying to blame it on Obama now simply reinforces that the GOP has no sense of responsibility for the messes they leave. It also teaches Americans who our real enemy is.

    February 19, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. Pete

    Remember who created this sequester monster republicans and it was you and quess what the monster you created is out to destroy you!!

    February 19, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. Vicci789

    I am deeply distrubed but the cuts the GOP proposes to what they call entitlement programs. I have several aquaintances that receives SSI and don't understand how much more there is to cut. One individual receives 1578.00 a month, pays 650.00 in rent for a room, and pays 700.00 for his health care at the local county hospital. Another supports a family of 4 on 15.00 an hour and does not qualify for food stamps, low income housing or any other federal assistance program. They want to take from those already in dire straits, what would they propose these individuals do? or go? I don't remember a time when the lthe divide was so great.

    February 19, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. Canuck

    America seems to lurch from financial crisis to financial crisis. What's going on? You guys need to find a better way of doing things.

    February 19, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. rs

    The problem is the GOP sees us, that is the citizens of the United States, as the problem. Old people- they're a problem; kids wanting and education, they're a problem; the unemployed, they're a problem. They don't see the people- unless they are like Romney and have gross incomes. They see them. The 99% they don't see, nor do they care.

    February 19, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. Ancient Texan

    THe Sequester idea DID originate in the White House and was suggested by Jack Lew in all probablility. Google it. or continue to believe the liberal myth that Obama was fiercely against from the start. Suit yourself.

    February 19, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Ancient Texan

    THe Sequester idea DID originate in the White House and was suggested by Jack Lew in all probablility. Google it. or continue to believe the liberal myth that Obama was fiercely against from the start. Suit yourself.
    "What difference does it make as to whose idea it was?" It does not change the fact that House Republicans accepted the idea and wrote legislation around it. If you saying that it was a bad idea, then I hope you realize that you're also saying that Republicans make bad politicians because they ran with the "bad idea" in the first place.

    No, the real problem is that the devious plan to rewrite the sequester after the GOP won the both the Senate and the White House in 2012 totally backfired, and left the GOP without a Plan B.

    February 19, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. Guest

    Keep believing the nonsense RS. You describe the liberal talking points not the facts. Lets play the obama synonym game – incompetent, incapable, divisive, delusional, unqualified, etc Hnads down the most incompetent president our nation has ever had, a liberal hack.

    February 19, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. rs

    You can keep pushing this theory of yours, but there is simply no reality here. Look, what you are in essence saying is that somehow Obama tricked the Republicans into writing a bill (one Boehner says contains 98% of what he wants), and passing it. Even though they didn't want it? Your defense is that the Republican Party is THAT stupid?!

    February 19, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. rs

    I'm not using "talking points", I'm using LOGIC- that's why you are defenseless.

    February 19, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. Larry L

    @Ancient Texan

    THe Sequester idea DID originate in the White House and was suggested by Jack Lew in all probablility. Google it. or continue to believe the liberal myth that Obama was fiercely against from the start. Suit yourself.
    So the President used his "magic dictatorial powers" to force the House to vote for the sequester? I will point out the same Tea Party members who were "forced" to vote for the sequester were working to push America over the fiscal cliff and trigger a depression – like they're doing now with the sequester. The President was for any compromise that would prevent economic disaster for the working folks.

    February 19, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    Obama asked for them, not let him live with them.

    February 19, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. Guest

    Obama has presided over the failure because he does not know how to lead. Me, myself and I does not a team make – unless you're obama.

    February 19, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. rob

    The President talks alot about "responsible budget cuts" combined with revenue increases (higher taxes). Where are the Presidents proposals for "responsible cuts" ????? The answer....HE HAS NONE but the liberal media won't ask that simple question. The simple answer is that president Obama and the Dems in the Senate believe that we don't have a spending problem, they want to raise taxes to pay for the spending. The problem is their are not enough "Rich" people to pay for all the spending.

    If the Dems and the President have their way and don'r seriously address the exploding debt, the only way to pay for it is to TAX EVERYONE. Get ready for the Carbon Tax and a VAT (Value added tax) on top of an across the board tax increase on everyone to pay for the expansion of the Govt. They will not come out and say it (No budget in the Senate for over 3 years)) and the Media won;t ask the questions but that is what is in store for the country.

    February 19, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. polnick

    Budget cuts will be made but restored to the losers in the form of a 2 trillion dollar raise in the nation’s debt. The party will then begin but will end when the bills have to be paid. It would be nice if a 500 buck bonus was included for each SS recipient for their years of service to the economy.

    February 19, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    Ryan and others of the GOP/Teatrolls have already said that the sequester will take effect. They think they've successfully blamed Obama and, besides, they desperately want the eeconomy to stay bad while a Dem is POTUS, particularly a black one. These things aren't secret...not hard to figure out...they're all staring us in the face and the MSM is equally desperate to paper them over in order to maintain the false equivalency paradigm at all costs.

    and NEWSFLASH: All Obama did was suggest the mechanism of the sequester...the particular cuts and programs targetted were entirely Congress's doing.

    February 19, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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