Republicans and Democrats take battle to Twitter

As the deadline looms for sequestration to come into effect and bring with it across-the-board budget cuts, both the Republican and Democrat parties have taken to Twitter to express their side of the story:

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Obama has not proposed one bill to fix his sequester. It’s about time he leads and proposes real solutions. #NotSerious #Obamaquester

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#GOPsequester RT @housedemocrats: FACT: House GOP has passed ZERO bills to #StopTheSequester this yr but claim to "have done their job."

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$85 billion cut from US budget

President Barack Obama signed an order authorising the US government to begin cutting $85 billion (£57bn) from federal accounts. By so doing he officially enacted across-the-board reductions that he was opposed but failed to avoid.