NEWBURGH - Calling them "dumb" and "arbitrary," President Barack Obama blamed the nation's latest round of budget cuts on congressional Republicans' inability to compromise.
The sequester, which takes effect at midnight, will yield $85 billion in cuts across the country. House Speaker John Boehner, who met with the president today, said the House will authorize federal funding beyond March 27 to prevent a partial government shutdown.
However, residents across Westchester and the Hudson Valley are not impressed. The cuts will result in military furloughs for West Point and the Stewart Air National Guard Base, as well as losses for the Otisville Correctional Facility.
Sen. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-District 18) says he agrees with the president, pressuring GOP lawmakers to find a quick solution.