White House Weekly Address: Time to Replace the Sequester with a Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction


President Obama says that because Republicans in Congress allowed a series of harmful, automatic budget cuts—called the sequester—to take effect, important programs like Head Start are now forced to reduce their services. After travelers were stuck for hours in airports and on planes this past week, members of Congress passed a temporary band-aid measure to stop the cuts that impact airlines — but they must do more to stop cuts to vital services for the American people. That’s why it’s time for a balanced approach to deficit reduction that makes smarter cuts and reforms in the tax code while creating jobs and strengthening the middle class.

This week, Vice President Biden traveled to Boston for a memorial for Officer Collier, and President Obama memorialized the victims of the West Texas explosion. The President also hosted the Amir of Qatar, the Teacher of the Year, and the 3rd White House Science Fair — and visited Dallas with the First Lady for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.