PA's U.S. senators are split on alternatives to sequestration

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 26, 2013 4:12 AM

Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's two U.S. senators agree the looming sequestration cuts as they are designed now should be avoided.

But, they have different ideas on how to get to that point.

Democrat Bob Casey says he wants to replace some of the automatic spending cuts with moves to close tax loopholes. Republican Pat Toomey prefers to give the Obama Administration more flexibility in choosing where to cut the spending.

The two lawmakers are speaking out ahead of the $85 billion in deficit-reducing budget cuts hit the U.S. on Friday.

The cuts were approved by Congress and Obama in 2011 as a painful hammer to force themselves to find a better way to address the country's massive deficit.

But, Casey says the idea of reducing the deficit by cutting spending alone is a terribly flawed premise, while Toomey opposes the tax increases.

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