The White House released lists for each state on Sunday of potential effects of automatic spending cuts set for Friday.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress on Wednesday that if automatic government spending cuts kick in on March 1 he may be compelled to furlough the “vast majority” of the Defense Department’s 800,000 civilian workers.
President Barack Obama has issued another appeal to Congress to work with him to avert the first stage of what will ultimately be more than $1 trillion in automatic cuts to domestic and defense spending scheduled to take effect March 1.
With a March 1 sequester on the line, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham proposed that Congress could save money by putting the Affordable Care Act on the table of possible cutbacks.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney defiantly rejected any provision that would raise the eligibility age of Medicare from 65 years old.