Senior administration officials do not expect the spending cuts to be averted; they expect them to happen.
“It doesn’t look hopeful that we will resolve this before Saturday,” said one senior official who briefed reporters Tuesday afternoon.
The White House does detect some differences emerging among Republicans and pointed to comments from Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va., who flew with President Obama to Virginia on Tuesday.
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