President Barack Obama renewed pressure on congressional Republicans to head off budget cuts that are due to begin on March 1, staging a White House appearance with emergency workers to illustrate jobs he said were at risk.
Obama plans similar events in the next 10 days. The administration believes the public will blame job losses on congressional Republicans, senior administration officials told reporters.
Unions are also planning events this week with toddlers in strollers and seniors in wheelchairs to underscore the impact the cuts will have on services.
With Congress off this week, it seems unlikely that a compromise will be reached by the March 1 deadline.