Spending cuts mean Congress is grounded from military planes
February 27th, 2013
03:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Spending cuts mean Congress is grounded from military planes

(CNN) - Members of Congress will not be allowed to travel by military aircraft once the forced spending cuts set to take effect on Friday kick in, House Speaker John Boehner told Republican members at a meeting Wednesday afternoon.

The prohibition could ground some official congressional delegation trips – known as CODELs – where several members or a committee travel on fact-finding or relationship-building trips to foreign countries. Transportation for these trips is sometimes provided by military aircraft, while sometimes members travel by commercial air. It was not immediately clear if the restriction would cancel any planned trips.
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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Deficit • John Boehner
Immigration detainee release under fire
February 27th, 2013
03:28 PM ET
2 years ago

Immigration detainee release under fire

(CNN) - At first, Miguel Hernandez thought it was a mistake, or worse, a joke. The 19-year-old had been pulled over for failure to use his blinker, but the fact that he is an undocumented immigrant landed him in a detention center in rural Georgia. Hernandez was certain that deportation proceedings would follow soon, and was mulling over it when a guard brought some news: he was being released.

The package of forced budget cuts, known as sequestration, will mean $85 billion of government-wide cuts. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) decision to move detainees to less costly supervision options was met with backlash from Republicans who accuse the Obama administration of using scare tactics to win a political battle.

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Filed under: Budget • Deficit • Immigration
Two days to cuts: What's Congress doing?
February 27th, 2013
01:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Two days to cuts: What's Congress doing?

Washington (CNN) – We now have only two days left before $85 billion in widely disliked spending cuts start to take effect. So what's Congress doing Wednesday to deal with this self-inflicted crisis?

Congressional leaders saw President Barack Obama on the Hill.

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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit
Congressional leaders invited to W.H. on spending cuts deadline day
February 27th, 2013
01:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Congressional leaders invited to W.H. on spending cuts deadline day

(CNN) – Congressional leaders have been invited to the White House for a meeting at 10 a.m. ET Friday–the day forced spending cuts are scheduled to start taking effect, two sources said Wednesday.

But while President Barack Obama was on Capitol Hill Wednesday for a Rosa Parks statue unveiling, he met with congressional leaders for a brief, minute-long meeting.
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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • White House
Polls: Obama holds upper hand over budget cuts
February 27th, 2013
12:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Polls: Obama holds upper hand over budget cuts

Washington (CNN) - As the deadline for forced federal spending cuts closes fast, new polling indicates that as of now President Barack Obama has the upper hand over congressional Republicans in the political battle over where blame will fall if the cuts are triggered.

But the surveys also suggest that while the president might be winning the spending argument right now, his poll numbers on the issue are nothing to brag about.
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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Deficit • Polls • President Obama
White House was 'unaware' of immigration detainee release
February 27th, 2013
12:29 PM ET
2 years ago

White House was 'unaware' of immigration detainee release

(CNN) – Neither the White House nor the Homeland Security Department headquarters were made aware of the Immigration Customs and Enforcement decision to release detainees ahead of the pending forced spending cuts, an administration official said Wednesday.

Separately, at a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the decision was made by ICE "without any input from the White House."
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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Immigration • White House
Spending cuts: It's about to get weird
February 27th, 2013
07:29 AM ET
2 years ago

Spending cuts: It's about to get weird

New York (CNNMoney) – When it comes to budgeting for the federal government, things are about to get strange.

Starting Friday, federal agencies will be forced to make cuts to their programs without knowing what their actual budgets for this year will be. Why? Because Congress never passed a budget, just a stopgap funding measure that expires soon.

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Filed under: Budget • CNNMoney.com • Debt • Deficit
Congressional Republicans discussing plan giving Obama flexibility on cuts
February 26th, 2013
04:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Congressional Republicans discussing plan giving Obama flexibility on cuts

Washington (CNN) - Days before the automatic spending cuts are due to kick in to federal agencies, congressional Republicans are discussing a plan to give the Obama administration the flexibility - once the cuts go into effect - to let individual executive agencies make decisions about which programs could be cut.

On the House side, Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is one of the top GOP members leading talks on that approach with rank and file members.
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Filed under: Budget • Deficit • House Republicans • Paul Ryan • President Obama
February 26th, 2013
02:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama: Cuts are a 'self-inflicted wound'

(CNN) – With the clock ticking, President Barack Obama traveled to military country Tuesday to boost pressure on Congress, saying the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts set to begin Friday could deliver a tremendous blow to the nation's economy and defense.

"These cuts are wrong. They're not smart. They're not fair. They're a self inflicted wound that doesn't have to happen," Obama said at a campaign-style event at the site of a major defense shipbuilding contractor in Newport News, Virginia.
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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • President Obama • Virginia
U.S. moves immigrant detainees as budget cuts loom
February 26th, 2013
02:02 PM ET
2 years ago

U.S. moves immigrant detainees as budget cuts loom

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is releasing "several hundred" people out of detention facilities to other "less costly" forms of supervision because of pending forced budget cuts, the agency said on Tuesday.

Gillian Christensen, a customs enforcement spokeswoman, said the cases were reviewed over the past week as part of agency preparations for $85 billion government-wide cuts due to take effect on Friday absent congressional action to avert them.
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Filed under: Budget • Deficit • Immigration
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