“Republicans on Saturday hammered President Obama over looming cuts to defense spending, saying the president has shown a “failure to lead” and done nothing to protect the military from being “hollowed” out by spending reductions.
“The president himself has opposed or disregarded every attempt we’ve made to work with him on a solution,” said Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), delivering the GOP weekly address.
Obama and Hill Republicans, including West, agreed last year to slash spending on both defense and domestic programs if they could not reach a broader compromise on how to reduce the deficit. Both parties have said they want to avoid the cuts, scheduled to begin to take effect in January. A White House report released Friday said the estimated $110 billion in spending reductions would be “deeply destructive”to basic government functions.
” — Kathleen Hennessey, Copyright 2012 Tribune Company