Deadline looming in Washington, last week before sequestration
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Another major budge battle is underway right now in Washington. Automatic budget cuts are about to take place unless lawmakers can come together.
The White House issued a report on Sunday about how the sequestration and $85 billion in automatic budget cuts will affect each of the 50 states.
Sequestration is a series of automatic, across-the-board cuts to government agencies, totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.
Here in Nevada, hundreds of teachers' jobs could be on the line since Nevada could lose $9 million in school funding. The Head Start and Early Head Start programs could also be eliminated.
People looking for work in Nevada could also be affected. Close to $300,000 in funding could be wiped out. That would mean big cuts to job search programs.
In addition, up to 100 disadvantaged children could lose access to child care; approximately 3,000 civilian Department of Defense employees could be furloughed; $57,000 in funds that provides services to victims of domestic violence could be lost; and $424,000 in funds that provide meals for senior citizens could disappear.
But the biggest impact for Las Vegas could be travel trouble.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is warning that the cuts will hit the Federal Aviation Administration that would result in a "calamity."
If the sequestration happens, dozens of control towers across the country would be closed and overnight shifts eliminated in others. That could result in airlines to cancel or delay flights and delays could be as long as 90 minutes.
In Washington, lawmakers are playing the blame game.
Friday is the deadline and the roadblock to a deal is the issue of taxes.
President Obama wants more revenue but Republicans are say no after Congress raised taxes in January.