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Obama warns spending cuts could idle shipbuilder

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 26, 2013 at 10:22 a.m.

— President Barack Obama is arguing that looming governmentwide spending cuts could idle military resources like naval aircraft carriers, while Republicans are criticizing the president for taking his arguments outside Washington instead of staying to work out a plan before Friday’s deadline.

The president planned to appear Tuesday at Virginia’s largest industrial employer, Newport News Shipbuilding, which would be affected by cuts to naval spending. Obama warned Monday that if the so-called sequester goes into effect later this week, the company’s “workers will sit idle when they should be repairing ships, and a carrier sits idle when it should be deploying to the Persian Gulf.”

Obama urged Congress to compromise to avoid the cuts, but there has been no indication the White House and congressional Republicans are actively negotiating a deal.

The last known conversation between Obama and GOP leaders was last week, and there have been no in-person meetings between the parties this year.

Obama wants to replace the sequester with a package of targeted cuts and tax increases, while Republican leaders insist the savings should come from reduced spending alone.

The sequester was designed as an unpalatable fallback, meant to take effect only if a congressional supercommittee failed to come up with at least $1 trillion in savings from benefit programs.

The White House has warned the $85 billion in cuts could affect everything from commercial flights to classrooms to meat inspections. The cuts would slash domestic and defense spending, leading to forced unpaid days off for hundreds of thousands of workers.

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dman says... February 26, 2013 at 12:12 p.m.

Would that be those fewer ships that he ridiculed Romney about in the second debate? Didn't seem to bother him then.

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T6 says... March 2, 2013 at 7:58 p.m.

Obozo has the money for his Muslooooom buddies but doesn't have the money for our National Security? If he idles the military it will be because HE wants it so. If we don't have the money for the military then maybe he needs to STAY HIS BUTT in the WHITE HOUSE instead of he and Michelle flying around the country EVERYDAY on BORROWED money!

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