Obama Calls for Brief Sequester Dodge
Will seek budget cuts in address this afternoon
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 5, 2013 10:16 AM CST
Updated Feb 5, 2013 1:06 PM CST
Midway through his remarks, Obama was stopped by the sheer noise of camera shutters going off. "What's up cameramen?" he asked with a smile, accusing them of interrupting his flow.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – President Obama wants to put off the dreaded sequester just a little while longer. In an address this afternoon, Obama called for a handful of small budget cuts to justify pushing the automatic spending cuts back again, this time until after Congress has crafted a new federal budget, the Washington Post reports. The extra time could be used, Obama said, to come up with a "balanced" long-term deficit fix. "There is no reason that the jobs of thousands of Americans … not to mention the growth of the entire economy should be put in jeopardy just because a few folks in Washington couldn't agree to eliminate a few special interest tax loopholes," he said.

But before Obama had even spoken, John Boehner issued a statement dismissing the idea of any deal including more tax revenue, accurately predicting that Obama would call for it, Politico reports. "President Obama first proposed the sequester and insisted it become law," Boehner said. "We believe there is a better way to reduce the deficit, but Americans do not support sacrificing real spending cuts for more tax hikes."

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Feb 6, 2013 9:27 AM CST
Panetta, has just stated on CNN that unless a deal is reached on the deficit, he is going to have too cut military spending on pay. Stated that he would have to lower the pay increases from 1.7% to 1.0%. Only in the goverment is a decrease in spending, still with an increase a "cut". In my world an increase is still an increase.
Feb 6, 2013 9:05 AM CST
TRUTH BE TOLD ...... Obama is the 'only' President in history not to send a budget to Congress in 4 years. --- The dumb-ass couldn't make up a budget for groceries. --- Only 'all' the minorities of all the majorities voted for Obama, because they were 'all' the 'minorities' of 'all' the majorities. --- Obama will go down in history as the "dumbest dumb-ass" President in history. --- If not for his 'minority' Ivy League degree from Harvard, Obama would be left with his 'minority' high school diploma only, with a 5th grade education. -------- REALLY
Feb 6, 2013 4:57 AM CST
During this news conference President Obama was asked what type of cuts and what type of taxes. He replied that all options were being considered. Follow up question was if he was considering more taxes. His response was all options are being considered. Then was asked if this ment across the board tax increases. His response was, Thank you and have a good-day.