Huffpost Politics

Obama: Budget Cuts Will Cause 'Tumble Downward'

Posted: Updated:
Getty Images

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says looming automatic budget cuts will cause a "tumble downward" for the economy.

He acknowledges many people may not immediately notice the full impact of the so-called sequester cuts if they take effect Friday. But he says yanking $85 billion from the economy this year would be a "big hit" on a nation still trying to fully recover from a recession.

Speaking to business executives Wednesday, Obama acknowledged it will be difficult for lawmakers to reach a deal to offset the cuts by Friday. He says the logjam is not technical, "it's political.

The president wants Republicans to drop their opposition to using some new tax revenue to offset the cuts. And he says members of his own party must accept some changes to government entitlement programs.

Also on HuffPost:

What Sequestration Would Cut
Share this
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Obama to meet with congressional leaders Friday on budget cuts ...

Obama, top lawmakers to meet Friday on budget cuts

Obama Congress Budget Cuts - The New York Times

Obama: budget cuts wrong, not smart and not fair

Obama, top lawmakers to meet Friday on budget cuts

Republicans to Obama: Quit campaigning, spending cuts 'are going to happen'

Obama, leaders to meet on sequester the day spending cuts begin

Analysis: Obama spending cuts strategy focused on waiting game