President Obama, who has spent the past few weeks fear mongering over the spending cuts in the sequester, now says maybe it won’t be so bad after all.
Meanwhile, the White House is backing off its prior warnings that the sequester will strike a quick and devastating blow to the economy.
A senior GOP aide on Wednesday highlighted news reports that Obama’s political advisers now concede the cuts will not immediately disrupt federal services, managing public expectations in the wake of dire warnings.
Republicans have accused the administration of using scare tactics on the sequester instead of spending time trying to find a bipartisan remedy.
While lawmakers had initially eyed a continuing resolution (CR) or appropriations omnibus bill as a vehicle for halting the sequester by March 27, that now appears unlikely.
Obama has signaled to Democratic allies in Congress that his priority is to first take a potential government shutdown off the table. He would prefer to deal with the sequester separately, said Senate Democratic aides.
If it was really going to be as bad as he was saying, why did he only meet with Republicans for seven minutes? Anyway, it’s now time to move on to the next manufactured crisis – the continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown. The only reason we’re talking about that is because the Democrats haven’t passed a budget in over 1400 days.