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Obama budget calls for reversing deep spending cuts

Obama budget calls for reversing deep spending cuts

President Barack Obama revived his call Thursday for an end to deep cuts in federal spending, an appeal that fell squarely in the divide between Republicans in Congress who want to rein in costs and those who want to boost the Pentagon's budget. Obama has repeatedly asked Congress to "fully reverse" the so-called sequestration cuts that were part of a 2011 deal and intended to be so unpalatable they would never be enacted. But they took effect in 2013 after lawmakers failed to reach a compromise to avert them. Now several factors give renewed life to Obama's pleas, particularly on defense spending: a shrinking deficit, a new Republican-led Congress and the...

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