Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was just the latest Obama Cabinet official to publicly warn about the impact of sequester on his department.
With the Federal Aviation Administration composing the bulk of that department, he said the "vast majority" of the 47,000 employees there would be furloughed at least one day per pay period, resulting in delays at major airports of up to 90 minutes "during peak hours."
"These are harmful cuts with real-world consequences that'll cost jobs and hurt our economy," he said.
Injecting a strange twist of pop culture into the rhetoric, LaHood made a direct comparison to President Obama's efforts with that of Abraham Lincoln.
"Go see the movie 'Lincoln'," LaHood said, in a message to congressional Republicans. He said Lincoln brought people together in "the way I believe President Obama is doing." In a direct appeal to Republicans, LaHood warned that they will get angry calls from their constituents.
"Your phones are going to start ringing off the hooks," he said. But Republicans aren't flinching in the face of the Obama administration's ramped up rhetoric.
"Trying to drive up Republicans' negative poll numbers by posing with first responders and the men and women of America's Armed Forces while making vague calls for higher taxes won't solve the problem," spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, Michael Steel said in an email.
The conservative Crossroads GPS got injected itself into the back and forth regarding the sequester and who is ultimately responsible for the $85 billion in spending cuts.
So far Republicans are holding firm for their demand of spending cuts as a means of avoiding the sequester. Meanwhile, despite getting $600 billion in new taxes at the beginning of this year, the President and Democrats in the Senate are looking for another $55 billion in taxes while pushing $50 billion in news infrastructure spending.