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Obama to Call for Plan to Avoid Automatic Budget Cuts

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Tuesday will "deliver remarks to urge action to avoid the automatic budget cuts scheduled to hit next Friday if Congress fails to find a path forward on balanced deficit reduction," according to a White House official.

The president will speak at the White House at 10:45 a.m. ET and will be joined by emergency responders -- "the kinds of working Americans whose jobs are on the line if Congressional Republicans fail to compromise on a balanced solution," the official says.

The official warns that if these cuts go into effect, "hundreds of thousands of jobs could be lost and middle class families all across the nation will feel the devastating impact; FEMA [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] would need to eliminate funding for state and local grants that support firefighter positions and state and local emergency management personnel, hampering our ability to respond to natural disasters and other emergencies."

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