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Saturday, March 2, 2013

The meeting concluded without agreement between Obama and Congress to avoid cuts in the U.S.

The meeting held on Friday at the White House U.S. President, Barack Obama and congressional leaders to prevent the entry into force of the automatic cuts in public spending from midnight tonight ended without agreement. According to Obama, cuts, worth more than 85,000 million dollars and will be applied gradually over the coming months, will mean the loss of 750,000 jobs and the reduction of half a percentage point of GDP growth. Obama appeared before reporters after the meeting and returned to warn that the " pain "that these cuts will cause hundreds of thousands of Americans" be real ". "The longer stand the cuts, the more damage to our economy, "the president said in an appearance in the press room of the White House. Those cuts are "not necessary" and will be applied as well as the Republicans have decided in Congress, criticized the president. The main stumbling block in the negotiations is that Republicans believe government spending is excessive and must trim more, while Democrats are pursuing a tax reform to increase state revenues to which conservatives oppose. "The discussion on income, in my opinion, is over. This is assuming the spending problem , "he said on his part the president of the House of Representatives, Republican John Boehner, at the end of the meeting with Obama. Boehner said that since there was a tax increase in January , referring to the agreement reached to increase the tax burden on income above 400,000 to 450,000 per year in negotiations that avoided the so-called "tax cliff." This is not a victory for anyone .'s a loss for all the American people, "Obama expressed regret for his part, in his comments on the failure of the negotiations. Congress agreed in 2011 the cuts to force a far-reaching agreement on reducing public deficit higher than 8% in 2012 - which has not yet arrived. Both parties, Democrat and Republican, had filed last Thursday in the Senate two projects to avoid cuts, but neither won enough support to move forward. Barack Obama said Friday that while deficit reduction is "an important part" of his agenda, not an economic policy "as such", so that, along with the cuts, we must discuss how to create jobs. "In Congress and Washington will spend a lot of time talking about how to reduce the deficit, but not on how to create jobs , "Obama said in his speech at the White House. Asked by a journalist who wanted to know why not " locked up congressional leaders in a room "to reach an agreement on spending cuts, Obama replied that he is a" dictator ". "Ultimately, if Mitch McConnell (Republican minority leader in the Senate) and John Boehner (Republican majority leader in the House of Representatives) say they have to go to catch a plane, I can not put the Secret Service blocking their door " the president added. Obama also added, referring to the film series  Star Wars , you can do as a Jedi and bring Republicans to the light side of the force "to convince them to do the right thing."

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