In the days before $85 billion in government-wide budget cuts take effect, Republican lawmakers are grabbing at all kinds of proposals to try to lessen the damage. If Congress fails to pass a bill by March 1, across-the-board cuts will begin to be implemented, further freezing government contracts and beginning the process of furloughing hundreds of thousands of government workers. As President Barack Obama traveled to Newport News, Va., to explain the devastation to shipyard workers ...


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