Obama budget battle

Senate panel to approve budget sparing safety net

President Barack Obama, escorted by House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving, right, waves as he arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, for closed-door talks with House Speaker John Boehner and the House Republican Conference to discuss the budget. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Obama: Keystone XL pipeline not major jobs creator

President Barack Obama turns to reporters as he leaves Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, after his closed-door meeting with House Speaker John Boehner and Republican lawmakers to discuss the budget. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, center, walks to his meeting with President Barack Obama on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, center, walks to his meeting with President Barack Obama on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Obama Meets With House Republican Conference On Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 13: U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) (L) speaks as House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) (R) looks on during a news conference after a meeting between President Barack Obama and the House Republican Conference at the U.S. Capitol March 13, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. President traveled to the Hill to meet with Republican House members in a closed meeting. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, takes questions from reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, following a closed-door meeting with President Barack Obama and House Republicans to discuss the budget. From left are, Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., Boehner, Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Calif., and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, takes questions from reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, following a closed-door meeting with President Barack Obama and House Republicans to discuss the budget. From left are, Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., Boehner, Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Calif., and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

John Boehner Holds Briefing On Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 14: U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks during a press briefing March 14, 2013 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Boehner commented on deficit reduction negotiations with U.S. President Barack Obama during the briefing. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

John Boehner Holds Briefing On Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 14: U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks during a press briefing March 14, 2013 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Boehner commented on deficit reduction negotiations with U.S. President Barack Obama during the briefing. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, pauses while meeting with reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, to answer questions about the impending automatic spending cuts that take effect March 1. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, pauses while meeting with reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, to answer questions about the impending automatic spending cuts that take effect March 1. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

FILE - In a Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 file photo, Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and GOP leaders meet with reporters to challenge President Obama and the Senate to avoid the automatic spending cuts set to take effect in four days, on Capitol Hill in Washington. As economic policy goes, experts say, the automatic spending cuts that kick in Friday, March 1, are a bad idea. From left to right are Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

FILE - In a Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 file photo, Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and GOP leaders meet with reporters to challenge President Obama and the Senate to avoid the automatic spending cuts set to take effect in four days, on Capitol Hill in Washington. As economic policy goes, experts say, the automatic spending cuts that kick in Friday, March 1, are a bad idea. From left to right are Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., joined by House Democratic women, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, to talk about the impending automatic spending cuts that take effect March 1. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., joined by House Democratic women, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, to talk about the impending automatic spending cuts that take effect March 1. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2013 photo, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, repeats his call for President Obama to submit a budget proposal to Congress, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington. After two stressful years as Washington’s most powerful Republican and a pair of failed high-profile rounds of budget talks with President Barack Obama _ and disappointment over Obama’s re-election _ the battle-scarred House speaker has adopted a you-first approach. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Sequester blame game, hysteria as deadline approaches

Congressional Republicans led by House Speaker Boehner have one message for Pres. Obama: You created the spending crisis, so fix it

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