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LaHood’s sequester fix: ‘go see Lincoln’

((David James/DreamWorks, Twentieth Century Fox via AP))

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood suggested Friday that the Oscar-nominated flick about the 16th president could offer a template for averting the “sequester,” the spending cuts that will go into effect March 1 unless lawmakers can head them off.

“Go and see ‘Lincoln,’ ” he advised Republicans during an appearance at a White House press briefing during which he outlined the impact of the budget cuts (think airport delays, angry passengers calling lawmakers, etc.).

He indicated that congressional negotiators should learn from Honest Abe, who “gathered people around him” to negotiate and solve tough problems.

Not that the sequester can be equated with, you know, the potential dissolution of the Union, but still ...

Maybe if the White House offered to buy the popcorn?

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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