Democrats raise pressure on GOP for a spending cut compromise
February 22nd, 2013
04:50 PM ET
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Democrats raise pressure on GOP for a spending cut compromise

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama, Democratic governors and even a Republican Cabinet member on Friday blamed GOP intransigence for the failure so far to reach a deal to avert the harshest impacts of forced spending cuts set to take effect March 1.

The increasingly strong entreaties for Republicans to discuss a middle-ground solution with Obama and Democrats showed White House concern over the impasse, as well as its ability to mount a message campaign during a week that Congress is on break.

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  1. Rick McDaniel

    There is only one person responsible for the sequester. That person is Obama himself. It was his plan, his way of demanding a rise in the debt ceiling, even after he had squandered hundreds of billions of dollars, with NOTHING to show for the money.

    Obama is the guilty party........and NO ONE ELSE!

    February 22, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. Moose

    More point and blame, i really dont know which party is stupider, however the dems got bamman, that makes them the winner in stupidity

    February 22, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. John the Historian

    The corporations and the rich have enough money to pay off the Bush national debt so why don't they just do it. The corporate and the billionaire are just too greedy to solve our problems. Stop the military-industrial complex and the Wall Street from destroying our country.

    February 22, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. Ancient Texan

    The Republicans passed 2 bills to counter the Sequester debacle months ago. Now it is time for the Senate and the president to advance something...anything in the way of spending CUTS and see if there is any common ground.

    February 22, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. freedom

    Democrats are behaving like cowards. Put your money where your mouth is!

    February 22, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. Ind.

    Obama will see his sequester come to fruition.

    February 22, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. com-man-senz

    The republicans need to stop bemoaning the president for this disaster. Both parties passed the sequester in the house to avoid the fiscal cliff. This is simply another attempt by republicans to point the finger. Did boehner not claim he got 98% of what he wanted in the sequester? He did. He just did not anticipate the president getting re-elected. This is another manufactured crisis by the republicans causing pain and misery for americans to affect the presidents popularity. They have sacrificed good governance for petty politicing. The republicans made this mess, now they can roll around in it. If republicans think they will gain seats in the next election by taking away govt. Services like food inspectors, they have a big suprise...they should get off their butts and fly back to washington and hammer out a deal!

    February 22, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. 2012liberal

    There r plenty common sense solutions- hoyer stated on mrng joe- means test medicare, ss service ex- he is 73 and is still working and getting ss. He makes 175k a yr he doesnt need ss. Sanders states raising cap from 110k to 250k make it solvant 4 eternity. Stop oil substuties. Just a base. Simple but repub r about no gov. Lawless self-governing.

    February 22, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. jpmichigan

    The stupidity of the persons who designed the sequester in the first place, you know the one that was voted on passed both houses of congress. and the President signed that wasn't supposed to happen in the first place, are the ones responsible to come up with other spending cuts without increasing taxes, for they got that already last month. Sorry folks but we just voted in stupidity, in the White House and now Jack Lew wants to be Treasury Secretary, God help us.

    February 22, 2013 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  10. Evergreen

    If you are not part of the solution, you part of the problem. The Gop stance to not do anything, will not hurt the President or the wealthy. It will hurt the middle class, working poor and poor. It's as though they want to punish the country for voting for President Obama.

    February 22, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  11. just sayin

    obama is now over the same barrel that the republicans were over when it came to tax increases. except obama was stupid and clueless enough to put himself over the barrel. all this was his doing, his idea, his intransigence. and all he does is demand that others do what he wants while offering nothing and no plan of his own. time for obama and the democxrats to reap what they have proposed, signed and passed.

    February 22, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  12. Tony D

    So the Demorcats are demanding that the Republicans save them from their own, Democrat proposed, Democrat signed disaster? I think not. It is time for the Democrat's to learn some hard lessons and learn how to CUT SPENDING, which they have refused to do now for 5 years while the country quickly rushes towards insolvency. Time to put your Big Boy pants on and act like adults Democrats.

    February 22, 2013 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    Did Boehner switch to Dem? He said when the sequestor went into effect that he got 98% of what he wanted. How the heck is that Obama's fault?

    Give your sources if you respond.

    February 23, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |