A disappointing March jobs report released on Friday has ramped up the debate over the sequester.

The White House and Democrats argue the dismal report shows the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts are already hurting the economy, just as President Obama warned.

White House press secretary Jay Carney blasted what he called the GOP decision to not just allow the sequester, “but to embrace it as a political victory and a home run.”

“There’s no question that anticipation of sequester would have a negative impact on job growth and economic growth,” he said Friday in reaction to the report, which found the economy added a paltry 88,000 jobs in March.

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