From the table in the cabinet room, president Obama warned the consequences of those automatic budget cuts are coming to kitchen tables across the country.
It is an area of deep concern. I think everybody knows where I stand on this issue. We are going to manage it as best we can to try to minimize the impacts on American families.
The department of homeland security says reductions in overtime for customs workers resulted in long lines at international airports around the u-s over the weekend.
“We are already seeing the effects at some of the ports of entry, the big airports, for example, some of them had very long lines this weekend,” Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary.
I would say, a hundred and fifty to 200 percent as long as we would normally expect.
A spokesperson for secretary Janet Napolitano cautions she was not referring to TSA security checkpoints.
The TSA says expect those wait times to spike later in the spring as the agency won’t fill up to a thousand personnel vacancies by memorial day weekend.
Passengers we found said they’re not feeling it yet.
“Sequestration hasn’t hit for us yet and we’re pretty regular travelers,” says Kevin Murdock, Airline Passenger.
But the White House may be undercutting its case with some budget hype.
Consider education secretary Arne Duncan, who now says he misspoke when he claimed last week that teachers were already receiving pink slips.
“I want to apologize for not being as clear as I should’ve been last week. So when I said “pink slips” that was probably the wrong word. I should’ve used job eliminations,” says Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education.
(Reporter): What is the administration doing to make sure these numbers are not hyped because might that undercut your message?
“Here’s the thing, if you disagree with the CBO and with outside economic analysts, who say up to three-quarters of a million jobs will be lost, then you should make that case. There is no way to do what the sequester calls for and not create these negative effects,” says Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary.
Americans may not yet be feeling the punch, but there are plenty of spending cut punch lines. Over the weekend, the s… In s-n-l stood for sequester.
We will no longer have full body scanners at security lines. So we are asking everybody to take a photo down the front of their pants and just text that to us.
With Washington becoming a joke, it’s no surprise both sides appear willing to pass a measure that would avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month.
So I’m hopeful that the House and Senate will be able to work through this.