Clamor to Be Spared the Pain as Budget Cuts Descend
By ROBERT PEAR
Published: March 13, 2013
WASHINGTON — Construction companies are lobbying the government to spare their projects from across-the-board cuts. Drug companies are pleading with the White House to use all the fees they pay to speed the approval of new medicines.
And supporters of Israel have begun a campaign to make sure the Jewish state receives the full amount of military assistance promised by the United States.
A frenzy of lobbying has been touched off by President Obama’s order to slice spending this year by $85 billion, divided equally between military and civilian programs. The cuts have created new alliances and strange bedfellows.