Spending cut countdown: What's Congress doing?
February 25th, 2013
01:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Spending cut countdown: What's Congress doing?

Washington (CNN) – There are four days left before $85 billion in widely disliked forced spending cuts start to take effect. So what's Congress - back from a weeklong break - doing Monday to change course?

Not much - at least publicly.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. CB FL

    They are probably naming a new post office, voting on another bill on abortion or voting against ACK. That is all they have done for the last 4 yrs. What do you expect when they only work 166 days a year. I am sure there fingers are raw to the bone from doing so much in such a short period.

    February 25, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. TIRED2013

    What is congress doing? They break more than they work. If the sequestration occurs I hope their salaries stop. If not, we need to find a better way to control their salaries and spending. When they don't work they shouldn't get paid like everyone else in America.

    February 25, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. lottie

    they have time for vacations and time to bash the president and anyone he nominates but not time to keep from screwing the American people. CB FL I think you are right on.

    February 25, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    What's Congress doing? Not their job first of all. When did the minority party become the majority party? Why don't republicans compromise?

    February 25, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    After they voted to do away with energy efficient light bulbs, it would not surprise me in the least if they voted to convert all nuclear subs back to fossil fuels.

    February 25, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. rs

    Congress is coming back from another week off, and hoping that their "the Sequester was Obama's ideal" lies stick so their approval rating doesn't go into negative numbers. They are probably going to vote against the ACA again for good measure, and probably another anti-abortion bill too.

    February 25, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "So what's Congress – back from a weeklong break – doing Monday to change course?"

    Not reading their favorability polls any better than they read said polling during the recent presidential election.

    February 25, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. "Sequestration..vs..Procrastination"

    The real Question is: What is Obama really doing beside...."Blah,blah....Didn't Obama sign a bill called "Sequestration to practice Procrastination".......????

    February 25, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. Linda

    The GOP is in preparation of getting voted out of office in 2014! Please!

    February 25, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Joyce

    2014 is just around the corner. The Republicans better watch out!

    February 25, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    "Sequestration..vs..Procrastination"

    The real Question is: What is Obama really doing beside...."Blah,blah....Didn't Obama sign a bill called "Sequestration to practice Procrastination".......????
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    The POTUS can only sign the bills that the Congress passes. And, he can only sign revenue related bills that originate in the House of Representatives.

    The right wing can blame the president all they want, the public's mind is already made up. The transparently thin budget game the Tea Party was playing blew up in their faces when they didn't take over the Senate or the White House as planned. Unfortunately, the right wing doesn't want to recognize the fact their tactics have been recognized for what they are.

    February 25, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Guest

    The liberal panic is setting in because the freebies may have to stop.

    February 25, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Name lynn

    Obama you are the president an what you says go, dont let the white house leaders an the congress push you over. Obama you do whats right.

    February 25, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. Ray E. (Georgia)

    This comes under the heading: BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, YOU MIGHT GET IT. The Liberal's have been voting for this for the last 75 Plus years and now they don't like it ?? You thought you were going to slip one over on us? You thought we were behind the door when the brains were passed out?? Sorry Pal, but I'm from Missouri, you're going to have to show me. All you Liberal's need to Google that old George Jones Song, AINT NO MONEY IN THIS DEAL.

    February 25, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. just askin

    Joyce
    2014 is just around the corner. The Republicans better watch out!
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    why? over 80% of the american people think the government spends too much money. right now the 20% lunatic liberal fringe of the democrat party are the extremists that want to bankrut the country.

    obama has gotten trillions in new taxes if you include all the obamacare taxes. he has not cut any real spending while all the tme talking, talking, talking about some day doing it because it has to be done, just not by him.

    February 25, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |