White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was vague Jan. 8 about just when President Barack Obama will launch talks with lawmakers about avoiding deep cuts to planned Pentagon spending.
Carney, during his daily press briefing, did indicate the White House wants to avoid the full $500 billion in cuts to projected defense and domestic spending over the next decade.
“The fact is we have two months because of the fiscal cliff agreement, and that is not a great deal of time,” Carney said. “The president will, and the White House will, engage with Congress on those matters in, I think, the relatively near term.”
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