WASHINGTON D.C. (WTVB) - The impacts of looming, automatic budget cuts will be severe and will hurt struggling middle class families. So says the White House and this week, hundreds of civilian U.S. defense workers at the Federal Center in Battle Creek were notified of potential shortened workweeks, from five to four days, starting in late April and lasting as long as five months.
Michigan Seventh District Republican Congressman Tim Walberg believes sequestration is inevitable
The White House Wednesday accused Republicans of choosing to allow the so-called sequester to happen March First, insisting it will cause "massive" job losses. The President wants Republicans to embrace what he says is a balanced approach to deficit reduction. Roughly 85-billion dollars in across-the board budget cuts will be triggered without action by Congress and the White House. In spite of the looming crisis, Walberg suggests that the markets may put a positive spin on the cuts. Lawmakers don't return from their Presidents' Day recess until next week, allowing for only about three days to avert the sequester. The sequester was devised in the bipartisan 2011 deal to boost the federal debt ceiling. It was designed to prod lawmakers to forge a long term plan to reduce the deficit, something that never happened.