Federal agencies have been put on alert, many receiving emails instructing them to prepare for big changes. Budget cuts could lead to massive layoffs, with the military facing the brunt of it.
The Pentagon will weather half of $85 billion in cuts. Some civilian employees will receive pink slips and even more can expect furloughs. Even those in uniform will be affected.
The Nevada National Guard's Maj. Dennis Fourner said they could face 22 furlough days or roughly a 20 percent pay cut stating in April. The cuts go deeper than that.
"That impacts our ability to train and prepare for the ongoing war, and train and prepare for the next contingency," Fourner said.
Nellis Air Force Base on Wednesday released a statement which reads, in part:
"If sequestration is triggered, the Air Force will reduce flying hours by as much as 18 percent and impacts could be felt in missions as early as March 1. Also, the Air Force will cancel flying participation in air shows, tradeshows and flyovers, including the Thunderbirds."
The odds of a deal being worked out do not look good, especially with Congress having left for a 10-day vacation.
The cuts will likely take effect for a few weeks at the very least.
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