President Obama signed a sequestration order March 1 to cut 85 billion-dollars in federal spending. Republican Congressman Rodney Davis, whose district serves much of the Riverbend, hopes a deal can be reached to remove the cuts and find common ground in balancing the budget. He says sequestration there is no good reason both sides of the political aisle could not find common ground.
The White House economic advisor has said that once the pain of the mandatory budget cuts spread across the country, more Republicans will choose to work on bi-partisan tax reform. Republican congressional leaders have insisted there be no tax hikes to deal with the debt crisis.