first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Politicians on both sides of the aisle continued to blame each other Saturday for the federal budget cuts, the so-called sequester, that began to take effect late Friday after all 11th-hour efforts to reach an agreement failed.In his weekly address Saturday, posted on the White House website just hours after the sequester officially took effect, President Barack Obama said the pain of the sequester “will be real,” with ripple effects across the economy.“These cuts are not smart, they will hurt our economy and cost us jobs,” he said. At a time the U.S. economic recovery is taking hold, “the last thing Washington should do is to get in the way.”The longer these “cuts remain in place, the longer the damage,” costing an estimated loss of more than 750,000 jobs and slowing the U.S. economy by more than one-half of 1 percent, he said.The weekly Republican address, delivered by U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, blamed Obama and congressional Democrats for failing to act and avoid the sequester.last_img

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