White House releases sequester impact
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The White House continues to put pressure on Republicans to accept a deal to avoid $85 billion in automatic spending cuts. It's known as the sequester and they're scheduled to take effect at the end of the week.
White House officials said that in just New York State alone, nearly 600 teachers and aides could lose their jobs.
4,300 children could lose their "Head Start" program slots. 12,000 civilian employees at the Defense Department could be forced to take unpaid time off, resulting in nearly $61 million in lost wages.
Democrats and Republicans have been at odds over how to avoid the cuts, with many GOP members opposed to the President’s plan to replace some of them by closing tax loopholes on the wealthy. But for one local Congressman, he says the time has come to find a permanent solution.
"I think this is the moment where we actually reach a long term agreement. If we don't get certainty in this environment, we're not going to get the accelerant to this economy. We want to grow this economy, get Americans back to work," said Rep. Chris Gibson, 19th Congressional District.
Republicans have also accused the President of hyping the impact of the spending cuts, which total about two percent of the entire federal budget.
The White House also sounding the alarm on what cuts the Bay State may face.
The sequester would cost Massachusetts about 7,000 department of defense jobs.
The Obama administration says those employees would be furloughed.
$13.9 million is also at stake for primary and secondary education.
The White House says Massachusetts would lose additional funding for students with disabilities and for certain vaccines for children.
Funding for clean air and water protections are also subject to the sequester.