WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is warning Congress not to send him a spending bill with drastic cuts for the current fiscal year.
The House is dealing with hundreds of proposed amendments to the spending measure -- which is needed to keep the government operating past early March.
It would cut $61 billion by scaling back or eliminating hundreds of programs.
The president says such cuts could tie federal agencies in knots and force states to lay off more workers, crimping the fragile recovery.
He's vowing to veto anything he finds "disruptive."
But he tells reporters there's no reason he and Congress can't agree on measures to keep the government funded through the fall.
Obama sits down today at the White House with the Senate Democratic leadership to talk about his 2012 budget proposal and the Republican cuts.