WASHINGTON (AP) — Widespread flight delays and shuttered airports, off-limit seashores and unprotected parks. Those are just part of the grim picture emerging from the White House ahead of automatic federal spending cuts due to begin March 1.
The Obama administration is painting a dire portrait of the many ways the public will feel the effects of the cuts as it counts down the days until the government is forced to trim $85 billion in domestic and defense spending with hardly any leeway to save some programs from the budget knife.
In detailing the costs of the cuts, President Barack Obama is seeking to raise the public's awareness while also applying pressure on congressional Republicans who oppose his blend of targeted savings and tax increases to tackle federal deficits.
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