WH on defense over claims about sequestration
Has administration exaggerated the facts?
- Duration 3:46
- Date Feb 28, 2013
Has administration exaggerated the facts?
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Automatic cuts in federal spending growth the dreaded sequester.
Are set to -- can't.
Tonight we bring you all the hyperbole hand -- and hysteria.
We will lawsuit show you what happens to someone who goes against the official White House version of events.
We have -- -- coverage tonight Mike Emanuel on the call for flexibility.
Before and inflexible deadline Carl Cameron on the administration's bullying of a famous mainstream journalists but we begin.
-- Ed Henry on the spiral and the spin that evening it.
Good evening Brett it's -- the Al white house budget -- -- just released an urgent memo.
Telling all agencies they need to identify which contracts are canceling which employees are being furloughed as officials here and get ready for -- 10 AM meeting tomorrow between the president and congressional leaders -- both parties say.
Is unlikely to come up with a deal here.
-- -- With President Obama and his aides suddenly on defense over whether they've exaggerated this -- impact on education and other issues I -- say I don't have -- I I am not personally contact with individual school districts -- the president went before business leaders last night we've heard from a number of experts and economists that.
This is not a cliff.
But it is a -- downward it appeared to be ratcheting down on expectations of disaster you know it's conceivable that in the first week.
The first two weeks first three weeks first -- -- a lot of people may not notice.
The full impact of the sequester.
Aides noted today the administration has been adding caveats to the predictions of gloom and doom this will be a rolling impact.
An effect it will build and build and build that building continued with the attorney general Eric Holder telling ABC news sequester will disrupt the law enforcement missions and endanger US security.
As the Government Accountability Office released a scathing report revealing from fiscal years 2007 through 2011.
The Justice Department wasted eleven point four million dollars flying department executives around the country on non mission flights using -- stream jets.
Holder's comments came after a series of other dire warnings from the cabinet.
Look I don't think we can maintain that same level of security when it's -- -- related I don't know.
But these -- teachers who didn't execute.
Those claims have come under scrutiny.
But the last one yesterday from education secretary Arnie Duncan.
Now getting four -- -- from the Washington Post because the teachers in West Virginia did not lose their jobs from sequester some -- said yesterday were not true media -- I haven't independently looked into them so I can't really White House aides seemed more concerned about the accuracy of journalist Bob Woodward.
His claim the president was rewriting history by trying to replace the sequester with both tax revenue and spending cuts drew a sharp rebuke from White House aide Gene Sperling.
Who declared in an email that journalists would regret reporting that.
Though officials today insisted that was not a threat and noted sperling was just trying to make clear the president has always called for balance and deficit reduction.
-- have to have your -- -- in the -- not to know that with the federal government now spending nine point eight billion dollars a day or 408 million dollars an hour a new fox poll shows a clear majority of the public 57%.
Believes automatic cuts are the only way to get the budget deficit under control.
Though the poll also suggests a large share of the public 45%.
Agrees with the president that sequester we'll have a negative impact on the country.
27% say positive 22%.
Think there will be no difference.
Now that fox poll also found the American people getting more nervous about the economy a whopping 55%.
Say it's getting worse only 31% say it's getting better a sign that the stakes in this battle are enormous for the president because it has the danger of overtaking.
The rest of a second term agenda fret that a lot in the north lawn Ed thanks.