The Newtown Massacre triggered President Barack Obama‘s gun control fight. And the staggering growth in the number of illegal residents spurred Obama’s quest for immigration reform.
But a potentially more important political battle lies ahead for Obama, one that could force drastic automatic cuts to the domestic programs millions depend upon for survival: the sequester.
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For now, Obama is looking for a short-term resolution that will keep the government funding flowing. Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress seem set to allow the deadline to pass in less than two weeks and let the forced budget trimming begin.
The possible cuts could start March 1 and would be the first of a massive $1.2 trillion budget cut that would phase in over the next 10 years.
The President and his Democratic supporters say the cuts will unfairly hit poor and middle class America, with some estimating that more than 700,000 jobs could be lost in the cuts.
Congressional Republicans say that Obama has spent too much time planning to raise taxes on their ranks (re: wealthy folks) instead of looking to trim fat from the federal budget.