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Obama warning of defense cuts as sequester stalemate deepens

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Employing campaign-style tactics to raise the pressure on Republican lawmakers, President Obama is visiting a shipyard in Newport News, Va., on Tuesday to call attention to the impact of looming budget cuts.

Mr. Obama is visiting Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industrries, to talk about the impact of the so-called sequester cuts on the defense industry. The White House says about 90,000 civilian Pentagon employees would be furloughed in Virginia alone if the cuts start to take effect on Friday.

Republicans are accusing the president of paying too much attention to public-relations events instead of negotiating with them on ways to avert the latest fiscal crisis. The GOP is resisting Mr. Obama's calls to raise more tax revenue as part of a deal.

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