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FEB 19, 2013 - Yahoo! News

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Obama puts fresh pressure on Republicans to avert spending cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama renewed pressure on congressional Republicans to head off budget cuts that are due to begin on March 1, staging a White House appearance with emergency workers to illustrate jobs he said were at risk. Obama is trying to get concessions from Congress to stall the cuts by ending tax breaks enjoyed mainly by wealthy Americans. "My door is open. I put tough cuts and reforms on the table. I am willing to work with anyone to get this job done," Obama said at the event. ...

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