Congress Seen Allowing Spending Cuts to Start

Tactic would give both sides a greater incentive to compromise.

The latest pressure tactic in Congress’s feud over how to halt $1.2 trillion in across-the-board federal spending cuts may be to let them take effect.

Democrats set on enacting tax increases and Republicans who oppose them would have a greater incentive to compromise following March 1 cuts in spending to government programs, known as sequestration, lawmakers in both parties said.

‘Shock Effect’

When the spending cut begins, “which I think it will, I think it is going to have a shock effect on so many different programs and agencies and operations of the government,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said in an interview for C- SPAN’s Newsmakers program airing Feb. 17. “Hopefully people can come to their senses and reach a realistic goal.”

One Republican

Republicans say Senate Democrats’ tax proposals, particularly the minimum tax on top earners, have previously drawn widespread Republican opposition. In April 2012, only one Republican, Maine’s Susan Collins, voted to advance the proposal when Republicans blocked it in the Senate.

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