Friday, November 11, 2011

Obama - {warns} - Will Block Attempt to Avoid Spending Triggers

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny

Is this the correct and proper legal course for the President to follow?

The Hill (OTM)  President Obama has warned leaders of the supercommittee he will not accept any effort to turn off a mechanism enforcing spending cuts if the panel fails to reach a deal to reduce the deficit.

In a Friday phone call to the co-chairmen of the 12-member panel, Obama told Congress it “must not shirk its responsibilities,” according to a White House readout of the conversation.

“The sequester was agreed to by both parties to ensure there was a meaningful enforcement mechanism to force a result from the committee,” the readout from the White House said. “The American people deserve to have their leaders come together and make the tough choices necessary to live within our means, just as American families do every day in these tough economic times.”

Under last summer’s deal to raise the debt ceiling, Congress approved legislation that mandates the supercommittee find at least $1.2 trillion in deficit cuts by Nov. 23. If it fails, or if Congress fails to approve its plan, $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts to defense and domestic spending are triggered.

Both parties want to avoid those cuts, and Republicans are especially keen to avoid cuts to the Pentagon’s budget.

Obama spoke to Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and Sen. Patty Murray (R-Wash.), the two co-chairmen, according to a White House release. He did so before embarking on a trip that will take him to Hawaii, Indonesia and Australia for more than a week.

Numerous member of Congress, including Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have said they would try to void the triggers. {Read More}

Perhaps the Congress effectively boxed itself into a corner?

What say you?

Via: Memeorandum

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