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.

"When flights start getting canceled and the beef inspectors stop inspecting beef, I think that people will know what sequester is," said Republican Representative Tom Rooney of Florida.

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