Thomson ReutersFebruary 13, 2013 10:31
* McConnell wants no replay of "fiscal cliff"-style talks
* Senate Budget chair wants phased-in approach to aid economy
By David Lawder
WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate's top Republican predicted on Tuesday that automatic spending cuts will take effect on March 1 as scheduled.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he did not expect some last-minute deal to materialize that would avert the cuts, known in budget jargon as a "sequester."