Obama Says His Plan Requires Dems, GOP to 'Meet Halfway' But Asks Only Republicans to 'Come Around'

February 27, 2013 - 1:40 PM

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President Barack Obama walks to board the Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama said that only Republicans need to "come around" as he called on Washington lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, to "meet halfway" to approve his own plan in order to avert so-called sequestration cuts.

"We just need Republicans in Washington to come around because we need their help to finish the job in reducing our deficit in a smart way, that doesn't hurt our economy or our people,” Obama said in the his weekly address posted on the White House web site on Feb. 23.

“Instead of these reckless, unbalanced cuts, I believe we should work together to build on the more than $2.5 trillion in deficit reduction we've already achieved. We should do it in a balanced way, with smart spending cuts, entitlement reform, and tax reform. That's my plan. It's got tough cuts, tough reforms, and asks more of the wealthiest Americans,” Obama said.

“It's on the White House website for everybody to see, and it requires Democrats and Republicans to meet halfway to resolve the problem. That's what the American people expect, and that's what you deserve,” the president continued.

Known in Washington as sequestration, the cuts the president was referring to are automatic deficit reduction cuts that would start to take effect next week unless Congress finds a way to cut at least $1.2 trillion from the federal budget before the March deadline.