WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats and tea party Republicans have killed a GOP plan to give the president more flexibility to apply automatic government spending cuts due to start on Friday.
The failed bill would have required President Barack Obama to try to replace the budget cuts in hopes of shifting money to ease shortfalls in top-priority programs like air traffic control, federal courts and meat inspection.
Democrats and the White House opposed the measure, which would have locked in $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts through the Sept. 30 end of the budget year. They said the added flexibility would be of limited help.
Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey was a sponsor of the measure. He says the measure would allow Obama, quote, to "distinguish between more sensible government spending and less sensible spending."
Polling Place Distirct 1A
WALTON PARK RECREATION CENTER - 122 WALTON PARK DRIVE
Polling Place District 1B
ANDREW BELLE COMMUNITY CENTER - 1270 LAKE STREET
Polling Place District 2A
ROY DRIGGERS BUILDING (CIVIC CENTER) - 126 N. ST. ANDREWS STREET
Polling Place District 2B
WIREGRASS RECREATION CENTER - 620 6TH AVENUE
Polling Place District 3A
HOUSTON COUNTY FARM CENTER - 1701 E. COTTONWOOD ROAD
Polling Place District 3B
NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY - 1842 3RD AVENUE
Polling Place District 4A
DOTHAN UTILITIES COMPLEX - 200 KILGORE DRIVE
Polling Place District 4B
DOUG TEW RECREATION CENTER - 300 GARLAND STREET
Polling Place District 5A
WESTGATE RECREATION CENTER - 501 RECREATION ROAD
Polling Place District 5B
WESLEY MANOR RETIREMENT CENTER - 718 HONEYSUCKLE ROAD
Polling Place District 6A
VAUGHN-BLUMBER CENTER - 2715 FLYNN ROAD
Polling Place District 6B
WIREGRASS COMMONS MALL COMMUNITY ROOM - 900 COMMONS DRIVE