Pentagon is planning to furlough civilian staff. And the US Navy has already stalled deployment of an aircraft carrier to the gulf, citing the coming cuts in spendings.
Obama said: “These cuts are not smart. They are not fair. They will hurt our economy. They will add hundreds of thousands of Americans to the unemployment rolls.”“Replacing the president’s sequester will require a plan to cut spending that will put us on the path to a budget that is balanced in 10 years,” said House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican.
Republicans have said sequester as an idea was introduced by the White House in 2011. Come up with a plan to deal with it or watch those cuts happen, they argue.The spending cuts were intended to be so drastic and distasteful that no one would want them, and would thus be compelled to do whatever it takes to prevent it.
To prevent it, the White House and Congress must commit to a deficit reduction plan, balancing the budget over the next decade or so, which has proved difficult.When pressed for information on who in Congress was the White House talking to, press secretary Jay Carney said, “We don’t read out every phone call or every meeting, but we are working with Congress on all of these priorities.”