The Washington Times - February 27, 2013, 08:37AM

President Obama is finally visiting Capitol Hill Wednesday, but not to negotiate with Republicans over looming budget cuts — instead he’ll dedicate a statue of civil-rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who have criticized Mr. Obama for holding campaign-style events around the nation instead of negotiating a budget deal with them, also will attend the ceremony in the late morning.

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The so-called “sequester” cuts totaling $85 billion are due to start taking effect on Friday, unless Congress and the White House can agree on an alternative. The president has been warning of dire consequences, ranging from airport delays to unguarded border crossings.

The late Mrs. Parks was a civil-rights activist who refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Alabama in 1955.