Obama Bashes GOP on Spending Cuts

Steven T. Dennis, Roll Call (Feb. 19, 2013)

Back at the White House after his golf weekend in Florida, President Barack Obama on Tuesday morning took sharp aim at a Congress on recess just 10 days before what he called “brutal” across-the-board cuts take effect.

Speaking in front of a backdrop of “first responders,” Obama warned that the cuts would put thousands of people on the unemployment rolls and might cause the unemployment rate to tick up again if Congress fails to act.

“These cuts are not smart. They are not fair. They will hurt our economy,” he said. He warned that every FBI agent would be furloughed and that border patrol agents would have their hours cut back, among myriad other cuts.

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