Lawmakers from the White House to Capitol Hill to the Western Plains agree that the fast-approaching, $85 billion in cuts to the federal budget jeopardize everything from combat readiness to pre-K programs. But they also express little optimism about a deal to avert the reductions before they kick in Friday.

All of them made their case over the weekend for President Obama along with congressional Democrats and Republicans to reach a budget deal to avert the cuts — known as sequester. However, both parties accused each other of extending the stalemate.

“It will kick in,” Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn told “Fox News Sunday.” “The reason there is no agreement is because there’s no leadership from the president on actually recognizing what the problem is.”

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