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Obama, Congress far apart on sequester deal

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President Obama says it's up to Republicans to stop massive automatic spending cuts.

On the same day he spoke with Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell and House speaker John Boehner on the phone. He told Al Sharpton's radio listeners the GOP appears willing to see the cuts go through.

If the president and Congress can't reach a deal, the cuts will kick in one week from Friday.

Democrats say if the cuts go through, dozens of federal agencies will have to trim workers, affecting everyone from food inspectors to FBI agents.

Marion Blakey represents the aerospace industry and used to run the FAA. She says there will also be fewer TSA workers at the airport.

But Republicans believe the cuts are being blown out of proportion.

House majority leader Eric Cantor said in a statement, "President Obama has said that unless he gets a second tax hike, he will be forced to let criminals loose on the streets, the meat at your grocery store won't be inspected and emergency responders will be unable to do their jobs. These are false choices."

Lawmakers will make their choice when they return to work next week.

The Department of Education says if the cuts go through about 10,000 teachers would have to be laid off.

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