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Mar 11, 2013

Focus shifting in Congress from automatic cuts to dueling budget plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With little prospect of getting rid of the automatic spending cuts that kicked in on March 1, the Congress and the White House will move on to bigger budget battles this week as dueling Republican and Democratic proposals land in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Neither budget plan is likely to be enacted. But the proposals to be submitted by Republican Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic Senator Patty Murray of Washington should frame the debate over the government’s taxing and spending priorities for the next few months and possibly into the 2014 Congressional elections.

Mar 11, 2013

Focus shifting in U.S. Congress from automatic cuts to duelling budget plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With little prospect of getting rid of the automatic spending cuts that kicked in on March 1, the U.S. Congress and the White House will move on to bigger budget battles this week as duelling Republican and Democratic proposals land in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Neither budget plan is likely to be enacted. But the proposals to be submitted by Republican Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic Senator Patty Murray of Washington should frame the debate over the government’s taxing and spending priorities for the next few months and possibly into the 2014 Congressional elections.

Feb 28, 2013

President Obama to name Edith Ramirez head of Federal Trade Commission

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama intends to name Edith Ramirez, once a colleague of his at the Harvard Law Review, as chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, a White House official said on Thursday.

Ramirez has been an FTC commissioner since April 2010. She was a Los Angeles lawyer specializing in business litigation and intellectual property before joining the commission.

Feb 28, 2013

Journalist Woodward tangles with White House over spending cuts

WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (Reuters) – A prominent Washington
journalist said in interviews on Wednesday a senior White House
official warned him he would “regret” publishing a story
challenging the White House’s account of how the idea for
automatic spending cuts originated.

Bob Woodward said in interviews with Politico and CNN that
when he informed the White House he was writing a story critical
of the White House’s handling of a debate over the origin of the
cuts, known as sequestration, the official reacted angrily.

Feb 27, 2013

Obama cites Navy threat, immigrants freed as budget cuts loom

NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday warned of threats to Navy readiness and the government released hundreds of illegal immigrants due to budget pressure as automatic government spending cuts crept closer.

In the latest event staged by the White House to warn of the possible damage to public services, Obama spoke at the Newport News Shipbuilding shipyard where scheduled maintenance to the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln has been delayed by the budget crisis.

Feb 27, 2013

Immigrants freed, Obama cites Navy threat as cuts loom

, Feb 26 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
on Tuesday warned of threats to Navy readiness and a storm broke
over the government releasing hundreds of illegal immigrants due
to budget pressure as automatic government spending cuts crept
closer.

In the latest event staged by the White House to warn of the
possible damage to public services, Obama spoke at the Newport
News Shipbuilding shipyard where scheduled maintenance to the
aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln has been delayed due to the
budget crisis.

Feb 26, 2013

Obama highlights the defense hit in budget cuts battle

NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia (Reuters) – President Barack Obama took his case for softening the effect of deep budget cuts to a shipyard town dependent on defense contracting on Tuesday, but there was little sign he will be able to halt automatic cuts from starting this week.

“These cuts are wrong. They are not smart, they’re not fair. They are a self-inflicted wound that doesn’t have to happen,” he told workers in Newport News, Virginia.

Feb 25, 2013

White House steps up campaign to avoid spending cuts

WASHINGTON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – The White House escalated a
campaign on Monday to convince Americans dire consequences await
if government spending cuts go ahead on March 1, warning of a
slow down in global trade, a stalled fight against cancer and
Alzheimer’s disease and compromised security at U.S. borders.

At the same time, prominent Republicans said President
Barack Obama was overstating the potential damage of the $85
billion in government-wide cuts to frighten the public.

Feb 25, 2013

Obama to governors: Tell Congress to stop spending cuts

WASHINGTON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama urged
state governors on Monday to pressure Congress to prevent $85
billion in across-the-board government spending cuts from going
into effect on Friday, saying he is willing to reach a
compromise with Republicans.

But the president gave no indication that he would try to
start negotiations or take steps to blunt the effect of the
cuts. He bemoaned what he described as a confrontational
atmosphere in Washington, where budget battles have provoked one
near crisis after another since the summer of 2011.

Feb 24, 2013

White House directs open access for government research

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House has moved to make the results of federally funded research available to the public for free within a year, bowing to public pressure for unfettered access to scholarly articles and other materials produced at taxpayers’ expense.

“Americans should have easy access to the results of research they help support,” John Holdren, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, wrote on the White House website.

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      "Mark Felsenthal is a Reuters White House correspondent who covered Barack Obama's re-election in 2012 and the fiscal crisis that immediately followed. Since joining Reuters in 2001, he has written about monetary policy, currency wars, and the housing market meltdown."
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