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Elizabeth Warren: Sequester Is 'Just Plain Dumb'

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) described the possibility of sequestration as "just plain stupid" at a New England Council breakfast on Monday. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) | AP

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) condemned the possibility of sequestration and urged her fellow lawmakers on Monday to reach a deal to avoid the automatic spending cuts.

Speaking Monday morning at a breakfast held by the New England Council and attended by a group of nearly 300 local businesses, Warren described the sequester as “just plain dumb," according to the Boston Globe.

"We’re out there trying to make clear this means children kicked out of Head Start programs. This means teachers that are potentially laid off. This means fewer air traffic controllers ... that means jobs right here in Massachusetts," the freshman lawmaker said, according to the Boston Herald, emphasizing the effects the sequester on her state. "It just means blunt, across-the-board cuts. It’s just an irresponsible way."

Warren's remarks came just hours after the White House released a detailed report on how each state would be impacted by the cuts to defense and domestic spending.

Warren also conveyed her disgust for how negotiations in Washington work.

"We seem to have a government that works only by holdout," she said, according to the Globe. "I don’t know anything more to do but get up and talk to the American people."

She told reporters before the event, however, that "the White House, the leaders in the Senate and the House of Representatives are in negotiations" to avoid the cuts.

Warren said she hoped that lawmakers in Washington would support President Barack Obama's proposal to avoid sequestration, which she acknowledged wasn't perfect.

"It's a little more balanced than I would have put on the table," she told the audience at the event, noting that the proposal is a 50-50 split between cutting spending and closing corporate tax loopholes.

The $85 billion in cuts are set to go into effect on Friday.

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