Congress gives up on efforts to avoid sequestration

Hopes of averting $85 billion of spending cuts set to take effect today at the FDA and other agencies disappeared as Congress left the U.S. Capitol for the weekend. Congressional leaders are scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama today to talk about the matter, but Obama has offered little optimism that the effort will accomplish anything. In the House, Republicans are now focused on the March 27 deadline for preventing a government shutdown.

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