Harry Reid

Congress is done voting for the week, leaving Capitol Hill without a deal in place to avert the $85 billion in automatic budget cuts, known as the sequester.

FOX News Radio's Jared Halpern reports from Capitol Hill on the two failed Senate votes:

Symbolic and predictably unsuccessful, Senate Republicans pushing a plan that allows the President more flexibility in allocating $85 billion in cuts.

(Sen. Toomey) "I don't think the President was planning to layoff air traffic controllers."

...Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey sparring with Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin.

(Sen. Durbin) "It is mindless to stand here on the Senate floor and say we can cut $1 billion out of the Department of Transportation and no one will feel it.  Come on, get real."

But a Democratic proposal to offset spending cuts with new tax revenue also failed to reach a 60-vote threshold.  With the Senate out of options, the House is adjourned until Monday.

On Capitol Hill, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.

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Barack Obama

Meanwhile, the White House is denying that it has used misleading information to built its case for the harmful effects of the sequester budget cuts.

FOX News Radio White House Correspondent Mike Majchrowitz reports from the West Wing:

Wednesday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan cited the Kanawha County, West Virginia School District as one that is already making sequester-related layoff notice, but district officials are quoted as saying those notices are not related to the sequester.  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney denied hyping the sequester impacts.

(Carney) "The reporters are the ones who are suggesting that all of this was going to happen the stroke after midnight, when the sequester goes into effect.  We've never said that."

Texas House Republican Michael McCaul says:

(Rep. McCaul) "It's a lot of hype by the Administration, scare tactics to blame House Republicans."

But the White House notes that for some time, many Republicans were also warning about harmful effects from the sequester.

At the White House, Mike Majchrowitz, FOX News Radio.

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