WASHINGTON (WIFR) -- Lawmakers are back in Washington today to try and work out a deal to avoid massive, across-the-board spending cuts. With just four days to negotiate, experts say it'll be a miracle if republicans and democrats figure out a compromise.
Democrats want a plan that includes some spending cuts and raises taxes on the richest Americans, but republicans say they will not agree to another tax hike. They’re expected to propose a plan that focuses on spending cuts only. Meantime, the $85 billion dollars in automatic cuts are said to affect everything from schools, to fire departments, even airports.
"The longer the cuts are in place the bigger the impact they will become." However, republicans say the President is making the cuts sound scarier than they are.
“My advice to the President is stop the campaigning, stop sending out your cabinet secretaries to scare the American people. Roll up your sleeves and do the hard work of governing,” said Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-Louisiana).
It probably doesn't come as a surprise that lawmakers are also considering the option of kicking the can down the road a little longer.