Obama to urge sequester fix as deadline nears

February 19, 2013

By Zachary A. Goldfarb

(Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Obama will seek to inject fresh urgency on Tuesday morning into discussions over how to avoid deep, automatic cuts to domestic and defense spending that are set to take effect in 10 days.

A White House statement said Obama, surrounded by firefighters and other emergency personnel, will press Congress to pass a short-term measure that would delay the cuts, known as the sequester, for a few months.

The appearance in the South Court Auditorium of the White House, scheduled for 10:45 a.m., will come as Washington appears increasingly resigned to allowing the sequester to go ahead.

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