talked about the tough road ahead as he announced he wants Sylvia Mathews
Burwell to head the Office of Management and Budget.
If confirmed, Burwell, who currently runs the Wal-Mart foundation, will take over as budget chief as the government works to implement $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts.
President Obama reached out to Republicans over the weekend, to look for ways to reverse some of the cuts. It's not clear if the gesture helped.
The Obama administration is hoping as Americans start to see and feel the effects of the cuts, Republicans will come around to making a deal.
The old debate over taxes is still standing in the way of compromise. Democrats want a mix of tax hikes and spending cut. Republicans say they will not agree to any tax increase.
The House is expected to vote this week on a spending plan that will keep the government funded, but lock in many of the automatic cuts.
Both Republicans and Democrats have to agree on a budget for the remainder of 2013 by the end of this month to avoid a government shutdown.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says U.S. airports, including Los Angeles International and O'Hare International in Chicago, are already experiencing delays as a result of the automatic spending cuts.
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