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As Sequester Looms, White House Reverts to Closed Door Meetings

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) responded to the announcement that President Obama and top congressional leaders will have a closed door meeting on Friday to discuss the Sequester -- the same day the automatic federal spending cuts are scheduled to go into effect.

"Following the New Year's Eve "fiscal cliff' negotiations, Americans demanded that Washington get serious about spending," Sen. Moran said. "Instead, the White House is calling for yet another eleventh hour, closed door meeting just like the ones that got us into this mess. Americans are tired of backroom deals that don't address the true problem -- spending -- and they are ready for tough decisions. What will it take for Congress and the President to put an end to this crisis-to-crisis mode of governing? We must work in an open, honest, and urgent fashion to reduce federal spending before our irresponsible policies bankrupt the Treasury?"

Earlier this week, Senator Moran reported that his call for an open, honest and urgent discussion of the nation's spending crisis has garnered the support of thousands of Kansans, representing all 105 counties in the state. Over the last month, nearly 4,500 Kansans have signed Sen. Moran's letter to President Obama as part of the Fight For Our Future campaign.

Sen. Moran's Fight For Our Future site, launched last month, features data and infographics describing our government's fiscal condition. Site visitors can review several debt reduction proposals and vote for specific provisions. Visitors also have an opportunity to co-sign a letter to President Obama urging him to put politics aside and engage Congress and the public in an open, honest and urgent discussion to confront our fiscal challenges. Finally, visitors can share their opinion about why spending cuts are essential to our country's future.

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