The sequester involves trimming $85 billion from a $3.6 trillion annual federal budget, or about 2.4 percent.
Obama says it will raise the risk of a terror strike.
The Obama White House warned on Monday that the sequester spending cuts will raise the risk of an Islamist terror strike.
The Washington Times reported:
The Obama administration on Monday warned the nation to expect an increase in illegal immigration if the automatic budget cuts go into effect Friday — the latest caution from a White House determined to raise the heat on congressional Republicans.
President Obama has framed the choice as one between higher taxes or lower security, bolstered by Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano’s warning Monday that the U.S. Border Patrol will be forced to furlough agents, costing nearly a quarter of the workforce.
“I don’t think we can maintain the same level of security,” Ms. Napolitano said. “If you have 5,000 fewer Border Patrol agents, you have 5,000 fewer Border Patrol agents.”
But Republicans said the White House is setting up “a false choice” between tax increases and security. They said the other alternative is to make $85 billion in spending cuts in other parts of the budget, rather than the across-the-board cuts that make up the sequester.
Indeed, Republican Senate aides said they likely will offer a plan to give the administration flexibility to protect key missions when the chamber debates the spending cut package this week. Senate Democrats have proposed a 30 percent minimum tax on the wealthy and cutting agriculture subsidies in order to head off the cuts. Neither plan is expected to pass.
The sequesters were set into motion by the 2011 debt deal, which gave Mr. Obama the authority to raise the federal debt limit in exchange for two sets of spending cuts.
And to think – it wasn’t that long ago that Obama told us Al-Qaeda was defeated. But, that was before the election.