NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- President Obama visited a nuclear submarine factory here Tuesday to warn that allowing deep cuts to domstic and defense spending to take effect on Friday will have severe consequences, blaming Republicans for failing to compromise to avert the automatic reductions.

Obama spoke before hundreds of workers, including several wearing hard-hats, at the Newport News Shipbuilding’s supplemental module outfitting facility, to illustrate the human cost of the $85 billion in spending cuts, known as the sequester.

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