Sequester Cuts Look Certain as Senate Bills Fail
Last-minute measures had little chance of success
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 28, 2013 3:21 PM CST
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid answers questions on the looming automatic spending cuts Tuesday.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – In case you were expecting a sequester miracle: Two separate measures to stem the crisis before tomorrow's deadline failed in the Senate today, as expected. One was from Democrats and the other from Republicans, but both were doomed even before the votes. They were placed in consideration as a tactic to allow senators to underline their partisan loyalty and to try to save their parties from public blame for any resulting inconvenience or disruption in government services.

President Obama is meeting congressional leaders of both parties tomorrow as the $85 billion in spending cuts kick in, and no other last-second options appear to be on the table. The meeting, the first face-to-face one since Obama was sworn in for his second term in January, essentially looks past the cuts to the next looming fiscal crisis: a possible government shutdown at the end of March.

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Mar 1, 2013 4:10 PM CST
Guarantee there would be a resolution if there was a law stating that no one from Congress would get paid if deadlines like this are missed.
Mar 1, 2013 11:10 AM CST
The first cut should be the pay of the do nothing Congress.
Mar 1, 2013 7:04 AM CST
Way too late to even begin.. Just like the President.. Shows that both don’t really care about doing their jobs..