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It's really a sad.
Chief executive of this land.
Scaring people or will they run -- in time the leadership.
Is headed over to the White House at the eleventh hour it makes them a little bit nervous are -- right to be nervous Fox News report -- -- on death row.
From the nations deaf -- Jon robbed.
Something just happened in Washington something that just about everyone in this city said would never happen.
Even though everybody knew something had to be done.
If you've been following this sequester battle through the endless stream of sound bites and punditry.
You might have the impression it was just the latest Washington mud fight and another crisis not quite resolved.
But it is far more than that.
For the last eight weeks Fox News reported went inside by the -- doors of power.
We discovered a pitched struggle that really did have a point it was a messy process but -- the -- you'll see something that looks like.
Democracy at work and in that you may even find a measure of -- We begin at the turn of the year.
Republicans in congress that they would never agree to raise tax -- on the wealthiest Americans yeah obviously agreements currently being discussed -- raise those rates.
-- -- New Year's 2013.
Barack Obama checked meets congressional Republicans -- -- thirteenth our fiscal cliff deal.
It makes good on his campaign promise to raise taxes on higher income earners and -- -- across the board spending cuts known as the sequester.
Don't participate in this -- This than I thought.
The Tea Party -- is willing to go over the fiscal Clinton unless all the bush tax cuts were extended permanently.
Was declared the Biggest Loser.
I don't message for the Tea Party members everywhere destroying government is not good politics.
-- -- -- financial meltdown in this country who don't.
Stop the standings congressman Paul Brown a Republican from Georgia says Tea Party principles are not them -- that the GOP.
-- it's only hope.
Somehow we've got to have a party -- -- -- formal constitutional principles and communicate them effectively.
Republican party's message in this been deplorable -- stakes why.
They used to be good at it sickens me.
And I blame our leadership congressman Tom price has been part of that leadership.
Cars -- what's your -- with the Tea Party are they.
Kind of a spent force I don't think there's spent force Tea Party across this country and all sorts of wonderful individuals who want to make certain this this economy gets rolling again.
They don't want to see you blink again.
Brown worries about the next big fiscal -- that debt ceiling which the government will hit yet again.
In mid February brown wants to hold the line but he fears the GOP leadership locate -- isn't great speakers.
But he's too nice -- guy.
Barack Obama comes he's a bare knuckled street fighter is that what this is going to be a bare knuckle brawl all -- question already he has.
Days after taunting Republicans for caving on taxes Obama now warns them.
Don't even -- on the debt ceiling I'm not going to have a monthly conversation.
About whether or not we pay our bills and in fact behind closed doors a cadre of Republican leaders including -- he's contrive to temporarily suspend the sixteen point four trillion dollar debt luck -- also passed a law that would -- lawmakers' pay.
Unless the democratically controlled senate passes a budget.
Which it hasn't done nearly four years.
I think that was just -- -- Just given Barack Obama and blank check for four months.
Is just in Maine as far as I'm concerned this is a huge day for the American people it seems the only people is pleased is price.
But the ones at the White House this is a welcome development the president will not.
-- in the way this bill becoming law.
Our representatives are playing political arm.
I think they want to stay on their jobs January 29 Roswell Georgia what's the biggest challenge -- Congressman price is breakfast with skeptical business leaders from his district.
-- -- -- -- Do the same thing they've been doing it's not working it's taken a stand alone -- What are you hearing from your constituents tell us they're scared to death.
Two days later in a nearby congressional district congressman brown his meeting with constituents to.
Please -- he makes me.
Four hours it makes it extremely difficult.
For capitalist society yet there and function I'm gonna take this soldier here biking for you -- summer morning I'm story typifies.
And threw it back the original intent of the constitution we wouldn't have a did see -- problem brown wants to stick to -- limited government principles and his constituents like that about him but they want to make sure.
They're not hurt.
-- know we have to make cuts.
But right now the first cut that I -- seeing is going to affect myself.
And a few 100000 if not a million other veterans and that is our health benefits I believe in the constitution as a founding fathers -- and Emmys fulfilling the promises.
That we made to veterans and we're not doing it we've broken those promises.
I've done next objection the GOP's agreement give Obama a debt ceiling reprieve the week before -- Republican leadership.
Well it is.
Now -- educated if I don't I don't know file leadership has.
Has a long term plan or not they keep saying that we need to draw a line in the sand.
The things like this a little breeze that comes along and it's.
Blows a -- -- that kind of talk can only wrinkle Brown's fellow Georgian rice who again is part of the GOP leadership.
We've got a beautiful.
We've got to come together to have our policies put forward in the minority here in Washington some people are saying.
You and your ultra conservative colleagues in the Republican house -- the -- No absolutely not I'm not far right up there is going to constitution's.
We've got to rebuild those foundations have been eroded both parties.
Do you think that there's potential for civil war within your party.
I don't think so -- the principle of spending reductions economic freedom -- embraced -- -- Republican.
The tactics many of us and and differences of opinion.
Tactics vs principal.
Take a stand now or live on to fight another day.
The tension between these two georgians and the strain of republicanism they represented.
Is about to spill out of the house as we discovered almost by accident.
This afternoon at 4 o'clock am announcing my -- from.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Georgia will have an open senate seat in two years the price is the establishment favorite.
Brown thinks he has the Tea Party advantage.
It's exciting to -- answer it please.
You know we -- we've got to have more.
That's one race that could have national implications in -- -- fourteenth.
A midterm election year that will surely be shaped in part by the next big showdown on death row.
-- quickly approaching crisis known as sequestration.
Fox it is reporting showdown on death row returns after the break.
The framers of the constitution designed assistant to do the bidding of the public through considered debate informed by popular sentiment.
Why then does it seem that these days nothing happens in Washington until a dire emergency forces -- back -- deal.
And a late night vote on a measure that nobody threat.
As good a place to start is ending September 2008.
History is in the -- has to be some kind of rescue in.
And like bell will ring the markets -- open and after that it is anybody's guess the collapse of the mortgage market threatened to melt down America's entire financial system.
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson submitted to congress of old requests -- it.
Give him nearly a trillion dollars give it to him now.
Let him spend it on whatever he wants no questions asked.
We need to -- this bill quickly and cleanly if they didn't Paulson insisted.
America could be hit by a second Great Depression.
To help the American people.
Is the goal of this plan.
With the stock market -- Paulson got his so called TARP money eventually TARP was used in all sorts of ways -- had envisioned including.
To bailout the auto companies.
Meantime Barack Obama had defeated John McCain in the race to succeed George W.
During the transition Obama's incoming chief of staff Rahm Emanuel mapped out a governing strategy.
Never want a serious crisis to go to waste.
What I mean -- that it's an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.
Do you remember when Rahm Emanuel said back in 2000 and -- never let a crisis or I would absolutely everything would be heard that.
At the time future senator Ron Johnson ran a plastics company in Wisconsin.
And of course that's exactly what you they didn't let a crisis go to waste.
-- -- -- -- You don't check party labels.
Everybody needs to grab a holes.
His first month -- office President Obama invoked the economic crisis to ram through an 800 billion dollar stimulus bill.
But there was a growing fear among some voters that America couldn't afford this -- a trillion here a trillion there attitude in Washington.
House Republicans heard them.
Not a single one voted for the bill that it was a lesson for the GOP in the era of Obama says Georgia congressman Republican Tom price.
That was a big moment that you it was the unity that was expressed during the -- off and on stimulus bill.
He's the same kind of unity that absolutely must be corralled.
Because we remain the minority party missed you could stop it.
Made a statement nothing.
Wasn't that nothing happened I would suggest that the unity on the stimulus bill resulted in the -- in part 2010 elections.
-- we gain control house in 2010.
That was the enthusiasm of the base of people -- supports Tea Party.
And the Tea Party was just -- angered by President Bush's TARP is president Obama's stimulus.
But what really turned it into a massive political force was the -- to an act obamacare.
Make no mistake that.
The cost of our health care is a threat Tor com.
The economic crisis supplied some of the urgency for this too it's a ticking time bomb.
For the federal budget but the Tea Party couldn't derailed a massive health care legislation view and even read.
What good is reading the bill if it's a thousand pages and then you don't have.
Two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill Democrats did pass the Bill -- a rare.
Last minute parliamentary tactic to do it.
Did the new speaker.
With the help of the Tea Party Republicans took back the house in 2010.
That didn't allow the GOP -- passed their own policies only to block those of the president.
But on one issue the ability to just say -- Gave house Republicans enormous leverage to force spending cuts if they were willing to go to the proverbial -- That issue was the debt ceiling which needed to be raised by August of 2011 or the government would lose its ability to borrow to -- spending.
That was the pinch point that was the nexus for getting real spending reductions that's that that was that that the Genesis of of the sequester.
Nobody knows exactly what would happen if congress actually refuses to raise the debt ceiling.
But few -- it would be a drastic step that could quickly leave the US unable to fund its obligations.
Perhaps even default on the debt.
I cannot believe the -- congress would end up being.
House Republicans held firm.
So then everybody got together to construct a sort of political Rube Goldberg machine designed to kick the problem down the road -- you can follow this.
First they raised the debt ceiling to cover part of the cost congress would cut over 900 billion dollars in spend.
Spread out over a decade of course.
Then lawmakers created a joint bipartisan super committee.
Its job to propose at least one point two trillion dollars in deficit reduction.
That proposal could not be debated or -- it just got one vote yes for now got that.
Now if this plan failed sequestration.
A name for the threat of a hacksaw approach to spending reduction that was supposed to hit both sides equally.
Democrats would pay cuts -- non defense programs Republicans wouldn't stand cuts to the military.
The theory war as these cuts would be so bad there was no -- congress would ever allow them to happen.
But after months of deliberations the super committee couldn't come to any agreement in simply gave up.
So much for theory.
Now sequestration was to go into effect on January 1 2013.
As it happens that was the same time the so called bush tax cuts were set to expire.
Together it was a super crisis.
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke gave it a name.
Fiscal cliff was a classic example what happens is you just to keep on putting these.
Things off and then another election coming up.
But the 2012 elections settled nothing the voters reelected President Obama.
But they also let Republicans keep control of the house.
Like it or not a divided nation had just given it government by crisis.
And a second term.
Coming up with one crisis averted and another on the way the president speaks to the nation.
And welcome back.
You've seen how President Obama used the fiscal cliff crisis to maneuver Republicans -- a deal that they hate it.
Taxes went up the sequester that long threatened budget -- was postponed.
And a fractured GOP appeared to have neither a winning message nor strategy.
We resume our story on February 12.
The capitals getting ready for the state of the union.
And lawmakers are taking the chance to make their own points ahead of the president's big speech.
We have got to -- It's -- call.
And that's hopefully we can.
Good stems from this hearing at.
That Budget Committee hearing first term Republican senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin questions Congressional Budget Office director Douglas element -- In general.
Don't tax increases harm economic growth.
Think it depends -- -- targeted senator I'm not.
Primetime news talk about ideas about -- -- -- it is to run large deficits and definitely federal revenues increased by 388 billion dollars per year -- a successful businessman with no prior political experience.
Were swept into office by the Tea Party wave of 2010.
He says he came here to solve problems and -- the experience frustrating.
Increasing taxes on on the rich is a tenth.
It was effective if we'd actually just return our economy to normally -- that's the reason why shows -- large increase.
In federal interest payments -- thank you it is another hearing with so many questions and too little time.
This century ago Wisconsin really was the birthplace of the progressive movement as of late it's kind of -- at the vanguard of reining in government.
What are your constituents.
Who are in favor of smaller government telling you about what's going on here in Washington Wisconsin -- -- are very common sense people that have.
A basic belief that government ought to live within its means.
Even when you look at us the sequestration if the cuts do go through this is not cutting the budget this is merely.
Slowing the growth of the budget to people -- understand well I think so.
You know on a macro sense.
The voters are solidly behind Republicans.
We're for the government for over thirty years and we're very federal contacted another district represented by another first term lawmaker.
But with another story altogether.
Have friends that are working -- they're all upset because they need furloughs obviously didn't -- with the movement a lot of my district.
Is tied to government and its citizens your work for the government directly.
Work for some enterprise that is somehow tied to the government or came here to work for the -- Right that's a large percent.
Maryland congressman John Delaney is also was successful businessman serving in his first political post.
Last November he defeated a Republican who held the seat for nearly two decades.
He represents a swath of bedroom communities just north of Washington DC.
Maryland is the state overly dependent upon government spend.
We -- the third most Penn State.
In the country on government spending and we only ranked like thirty or 35 in terms of private sector -- -- so when you talk.
To your constituents yet what are you hearing from.
What I'm hearing from them -- they're concerned.
About the sequester.
What I'd like to hear the president say this prescription -- -- believe -- will just talk about how this is an excellent.
What is a good solutions for the parties to come together and work on it.
February 12 he's Lincoln's birthday Arizona Republican congressman -- which weicker is celebrating with his staff.
Between their Thai food dinner and cake dessert.
They -- emailed a preview of the president's speech he's going to ask for higher taxes yet again.
Particularly if he's using the language well this won't raise the debt or deficits.
All but where all these new programs -- reichert says the speech will only strengthen GOP resolve to cut spending.
We're all working -- way over to the floor of the house.
My guess is Republicans kind of sit pretty quietly.
Through most speech senator Johnson heads to the capital to Democrats -- gonna stand up and cheer every time -- -- You're making the rich pay their fair share and a balanced approach.
-- the United States.
He's -- a crisis coming.
That's going to be what's called the sequestered so his position as I represent the people they represent ideology.
I represent the folks and they were present the rich he won the election on that kind of argument.
He won on the fiscal cliff on that kind of argument if he cannot win the next round on the -- I think he would have.
We kid and fractured Republican House in a way that would clear the way.
It is being the dominant factor in Washington for the next term.
Democrats Republicans business leaders and economists have artists -- -- these cuts.
Known here in Washington as the sequester.
He really bad idea.
And though the president says he is willing to cut spending he spin much if he's one -- speech.
Proposing new programs I'm announcing the launch of three more these manufacturing use some of our oil and gas revenues to fund.
And energy security front of people worked as soon as possible on -- most.
Urgent repairs make high quality preschool available to every single child in America redesigned America's high school so they better equipped graduates training and equipping Afghan forces we'll invest in new capabilities.
Even as we reduce wasted more time spending investing and world class care including mental health care.
-- wounded warriors.
A statement through this beach.
He throws a wonderful platitudes.
And then the underlying economics behind them mark solutions.
I think a lot of politics is theater.
As a gambler should make sure we're not funding things that -- somewhat obsolete except for all the obvious there's a whole variety of things that need to be done in government more efficient.
Because if we don't deal with this we will not as a country be able to invest in the things that are important these problems are -- It takes some courage you -- courage out there.
I see some courage I'd like to see a heck of a lot more I'd like to see more people coming to the table and -- analysts -- Oregon electorate -- just a world.
Here's how I deal with that trust I think -- and if people don't tell the American people the truth.
They're compromised trust that trust is about to be put to the test.
As congress adjourns the American people begin to hear stories at this sequester -- meant to frighten them.
Every American flies for -- business or vacation.
-- -- -- -- It's gonna get federal prosecutors.
Have to close cases and let criminals go but are those stories true.
When we come back this sequester as apocalypse.
Could life in America ever be the same.
Returning to our story.
For four plus years into a brutal economy the national debt now edging towards seventeen.
And Washington's lattice voices are crying the sky is falling.
But it's not the folks who say we're spending too much it's those who say -- cutting too much.
Joining that chorus President Obama.
After a brief break from the crisis.
With automatic spending cuts he called sudden and harsh just two weeks away.
The president heads to Florida.
For a -- weekend of golf.
President in the middle of this crisis to -- we get to go to -- play golf with Tiger -- Smart -- I can't comment on the presidents -- well.
You know I learned a long time ago word of the things I can't April.
The one thing I -- Apple's presence democratic freshman congressman and financed millionaire John Delaney if you were facing a crisis in your business would you taking time to.
-- the golf course.
But I I was an expression.
In the private sector which is you can't yell charge from second -- Meanwhile congressional Democrats and administration officials are fanning out across the country.
They're not exactly saying the sky will fall at this sequester goes through -- close.
Among the things they say could happen.
Children exposed to lead paint and mentally ill patients untreated.
And inspected meat past invested crops close national parks more wildfires.
Cuts to early education nutrition for seniors community health centers small business loan guarantees unemployment checks might inspections job training and AD Indian reservations and -- sandy victims furloughs or layoffs for president embassy guards construction workers military civilian employees.
A longer wait for gun background checks tax refunds disability payments passports visas EPA inspections hopelessness hospital closures and workplace deaths all up.
Cyber security nuclear maintenance and terrorist surveillance.
Down emergency responders like the ones we're here today.
Their ability to help communities respond to and recover from disasters.
Will be degraded February 19.
President Obama back home from the golf trip adds to the litany.
It will jeopardize our military readiness it will look this rate job creating investments -- education and energy and medical research Border Patrol agents -- -- -- hours.
Reduced FBI agents will be for -- -- Federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go he went on for more than twelve minutes.
Air traffic controllers and airport security we'll see cutbacks.
Which means more delays at airports across the cut thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off tens of thousands of parents -- to scramble to five.
Child care for the hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose access to primary care.
And preventive care like flu vaccinations and cancer already threat of these cuts is force the navy -- lay an aircraft carrier that was supposed to deploy.
To the Persian gulf and this really is sad John and -- chief executive of this land.
Scaring people when in -- if any of those things happen it will be because the president wants.
These cuts are not Smart they are not fair that will hurt our economy.
It is this all a little over the top.
Look at I don't think.
These are the facts.
What people who report on the facts.
How they decide to describe them.
You know it is there decision but I think the facts -- the facts certain cuts will be made.
Certain programs will be affected but is it over the top to say that all of these horrible things -- It -- depends there -- clearly negative outcomes search through this question.
You're clearly negative out -- About not doing with our fiscal situation across long term including threatening this whole republic -- Right so we could describe I describe this I could describe to -- If it and you.
Sorry I'm -- paths and Terry and while.
Not status and I'm back home in Georgia Republican congressman Paul Brown holds a town hall meeting there's there is there enough -- On the Republican side but let that go through we can't -- spending cuts if we don't stop.
Did both parties have been doing we're -- -- have a total financial meltdown we're going to be just like -- You're hearing from a lot of constituents who say congress from brown hold the course.
Don't back slide on this despite all of the dire warnings that are coming from the White House coming from Democrats in congress that's correct.
So what do they think of what the president said.
But think that -- -- that the president is put out a whole lot of false information they think the president's crying wolf here.
A lot of people to contact me think he's crime office.
February 20 house speaker John Boehner -- and op Ed in the Wall Street Journal which he echoes the president's line.
That the sequester will be ugly and dangerous and will cost thousands of jobs.
Were you concerned that the speaker was to some degree.
Helping the president by saying that the sequestration would be quote ugly and dangerous police paired them what the president says yeah I think that he was helping the president itself the message that the -- -- -- uses American people.
-- you if you think it in some ways speaker Boehner help the president with editorial.
I -- yeah do you think senator that speaker Boehner is is laying the ground work here setting the table if you will for -- last minute deal with president.
He might be but I don't think -- have -- conference.
-- some people.
The wedge is more important in the policy.
Republican congressman -- -- weicker is back in Arizona telling his constituents.
Heat will hold firm.
You're going back to DC on Monday from there there will be five days to solve this or go over whatever.
Fiscal cliff will happen when the sequestration kicks -- how do you see this unfolds in multiple -- first mistaken the question is saying salt.
That's what we can't do this.
Tiny marginal reduction in spending which ultimately by the end of the decade isn't even a reduction in spending it's just a reduction in the growth of spending.
God forbid what our future is -- we can't do this.
Could America's future come down to another last minute meeting with the president after the break.
-- wait to sequestration.
The president has invested a huge amount of political capital to get Republicans to cave on the spending cuts.
If he wins that fight -- severely weakened and fracture his opposition.
It might even be lights out for the Tea Party.
So the president keeps pushing and pushing.
There's plenty of time for a last minute deal.
Congress is returning to the capital.
At the White House vice president Joseph Biden delivers remarks about the economy.
He says Americans are pleased.
Very little doubt and any circles there about.
America's ability to be in position to.
Lead the world in the 21 century.
He needs to get out of this bubble -- get out across this land and talk to real people who continue to hurt because of our economy.
Those real people congressman Tom price -- get with the problem it is they understand that Washington spending is out of control.
And they understand because of that spending it is harming their ability to.
Get the job that they want to create the kind of jobs that they want to in their small business or their large businesses here we are it's Monday march 1 is looming.
There are four and a half days left to come up with some alternative plan.
To the sequester are there efforts under way to congressman on Capitol Hill to avoid the sequester.
Well -- folks that are getting a lot of lip service I hope.
These speak with -- your congressional delegation and remind them in no uncertain terms exactly what is at stake what EU's its -- Listen closely Obama seems to step away from the apocalyptic scenarios these impacts will not all -- Phelps.
On -- want.
But rest assured the uncertainty is are -- having an effect.
Companies are preparing layoff notices.
Families -- preparing to cut back on expenses.
And the longer these cuts are in place.
The bigger the impact will be -- Could it be a dawning realization at the White House that President Obama could lose to sequester showdown nobody ever thought and you can count me among those people that this would actually -- Now what looks like it's going to if you'll forgive the phrase.
How high up in the pucker factor our -- right.
That the spending reduction levels after her -- forty plus cents out of every single dollar that we spend in this country.
February 26 Newport News, Virginia President Obama speaks to shipyard workers.
What the sequestered.
It it uses the meat cleaver approach to gut critical investments in things like education.
And national security.
But he would gain resists talk about that immediate catastrophe then back to the -- they won't be felt overnight.
But it won't be -- It's Tuesday congressman there -- just a few days left to avoid the sequester.
Do you see anything coming down the pack in the next few days that will avoid the sequestered being trigger.
I think this question we'll be triggered yes and he.
Georgia Republican congressman Paul Brown there -- a lot of Republicans yourself included who say.
This is really bad for the US military for that reason they were opposed to the sequestration senator Lindsey Graham says the party Ronald Reagan.
Would never let this happen John McCain says these cuts are unconscionable we've got stop.
And whatever it takes distort that process.
That we can come back you fix it.
We wanted to ask you wanna -- -- going on but there -- are are you comfortable this week.
Knowing that that sequestration will occur we've got to eleven -- yes.
Date with the sequester still two days away.
Homeland Security officials announced they have released illegal immigrants from Arizona detention facilities.
Are they releasing illegal aliens now VHS -- -- -- at the White House supposedly didn't know about it.
Wednesday the president invites congressional leaders to a last minute meeting on Friday.
The data sequester hits he hopes that they'll have a constructive discussion about.
Doing something to prevent sequestration.
Some Republicans are suspicious here we are eleventh hour once again the last minute.
The president sweep -- Could a deal be in the works that would neutralize the spending cuts.
Perhaps by adding the higher taxes the president wants I don't think so senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.
What do your Tea Party constituents -- to you.
If you don't hold the line.
And there's another eleventh hour deal.
That is brought to the floor without the -- support the majority of Republicans -- -- well I don't quite honestly believe that speaker Boehner would be speaker if that happens I think you lose speakership.
Thursday morning February 28 this sequestration will trigger at midnight.
Hours later Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will meet with the president we've talked to -- of a lot of Republican voters.
Out there in the congressional districts and in and frankly we've heard from them at any time the leadership.
Is headed over to the White House at the eleventh hour.
It makes them a little bit nervous are -- right to be nervous.
No they're not right to be nervous in this instance there's nothing really frankly -- -- -- we made a commitment.
To reduce spending this amount of money this year now will be evident talk -- about reconfiguring.
The way to spending reduction is achieved.
But we're not gonna -- and -- loves them with are you expecting that he will propose tomorrow.
Some more revenue raisers that's what he's been advocating.
On the campaign trail so your your response to -- will be.
President -- all due respect no.
And the answers no he's already got all the taxes he's gonna go -- -- who were arrested in this big bloated federal government that's gonna spend three point six trillion dollars this year.
To reduce its spending 2.4 percent over the next six months.
People I've discussed that with -- laughable that the federal government could not reduce -- spending that amount of money it does seem like -- drop in the -- why then was -- scene when this budget control -- was cut in 2011 the cutting that much.
-- before look my members didn't think.
It would create -- calamity he is the one is characterizing this as some kind of Armageddon.
Experience I don't think it's going to produce Armageddon at all.
It's becoming clear that after all that talk of a crisis apocalypse isn't nine.
Technically 85 billion dollars will be cut but only 44 billion this year.
And only half will be from domestic programs 22 billion out of three point eight trillion dollars in total spending.
So what exactly.
We'll be cut what it was false I was wrong White House spokesman Jay Carney can't -- -- I don't have any more for you on it.
At 207 PM congress adjourns.
Represented -- -- which weicker of Arizona one of the Tea Party conservatives who held the line on the -- from day one.
Leaves town -- beyond the twelfth hour now.
So your head back to the district what are you thinking about all of this congressman Paul Brown of Georgia he's also heading home.
The -- -- -- and tomorrow the next day or month.
If there's any place that's going to bear the brunt of the sequester it's Washington DC in the communities that surrounded.
Places that have prospered despite the economic downturn thanks to government spending.
I went to one of those -- as doomsday -- March 1 Gaithersburg Maryland in congressman John Delaney -- -- A town of 60000 it's just north of Washington DC here we are Friday morning.
As far as I know the sky didn't fall are you kind of surprise -- what are you thinking about where we are today obviously not gonna happen today.
But I think we'll -- -- effects service and unfortunately I think there was a much better way to do this last time we talked I I asked you with the president was somewhat over the top and since the -- were a little bit uncomfortable with with the tone of the rhetoric at that point I don't generally agree with a lot of ranting and -- it's not based on the facts and in both parties have been.
But it was the president -- as the senate and both part of at that very moment at the White House President Obama is meeting with congressional leaders there.
They decided to protect special interest tax breaks for the well off and well connected.
And they think that that's apparently more important than protecting our military or middle class families from the pain of these cuts it's gonna mean.
Let's -- It's -- mean hundreds of thousands of jobs -- That -- -- that's not scare tactic that's a fact.
But down Pennsylvania Avenue.
Signs of budding bipartisanship.
We've already gotten agreement with the Democrats on how to fund the Pentagon and other military based agencies like veterans.
We're gonna pass that next week which gives us the flexibility.
To put these cuts in place in a in a better way.
If the deal materializes.
Or even if it doesn't it may be that this sequester which was supposed to signify a profound failure of government.
Was in fact a real.
If -- tidy success.
Senator Ron Johnson.
Has been saying this all along if and when sequestration goes through -- that be a victory for the Tea Party.
Sure absolutely Tea Party taxed enough already the federal government gets enough revenues bought time to lower the rate of spending lower the size of government.
This is the great debate about what kind of America do you wanna bigger government do you want -- things like the sequester.
The operation of government raising of the -- at all.
Our opportunities to try to achieve the kind of result the American people need this go back to the debates between Hamilton and Jefferson begin in the country.
Do you see that is being healthy part of the discourse I did I actually think bringing people of the table -- at different perspectives.
He's one of the core strengths of this country.
And working through those perspectives and trying to find kind of common ground.
Serves the people is really what we should be doing is elected officials so now the cuts begin.
The real question is how they will play in the long run both economically and politically.
If the sequester is a Tea Party victory then it is also the first true test of the tea party's philosophy of smaller government.
If it works its supporters will push for more spending cuts to curb the debt.
If it fails its opponents will say they were right all along and their call for higher taxes.
So it turns out the sequester created in a moment of desperation.
May actually be a turning point.
Perhaps it will even be the first step and a path away from these showdowns on -- row.
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