Obama bids to reverse automatic spending cuts

2015-01-29 17:59
President Barack Obama. (Mandel Ngan, AP)

President Barack Obama. (Mandel Ngan, AP)

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Washington - US President Barack Obama will on Thursday unveil plans to reverse automatic cuts in military and other spending, as he rolls out budget proposals for the coming year.

The automatic cuts, a so-called sequester began entering into effect in 2013 after Democrats and Republicans were unable to reach a deal on cutting the deficit.

They are estimated to reduce spending by as much as $1 trillion by 2021 and are described by critics as being arbitrary, job destroying and detrimental to the country's military.

"The President will propose to end the across-the-board sequester cuts that threaten our economy and our military," a White House official said.

"The President's budget will fully reverse those cuts for domestic priorities, and match those investments dollar-for-dollar with the resources our troops need to keep America safe."

Visiting Philadelphia, Obama is expected to make a plea to end what the official called "manufactured crises and mindless austerity".

Obama's full budget will be released on Monday, but with Republicans in control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, it is likely to face stiff opposition.

Republicans have been split on the automatic cuts, with divisions emerging between those who want to dramatically slash government spending and those who are staunchly supportive of the military.

Obama will also propose closing tax loopholes to help fund infrastructure spending and research into antibiotic resistant bacteria and precision medicine.

Republicans are likely to paint that as a tax increase, something many have vowed to oppose.

Obama will outline proposals mentioned in his recent State of the Union address, namely guaranteeing paid sick leave and making community college free for some students.

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