White House describes state-by-state sequester impacts
The White House has set out in a series of reports how the $85 billion sequester could affect citizens in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the rest of 2013.
The White House reports, published Sunday, say Texas alone will have 52,000 civilian Defense Department employees furloughed; Michigan will lose funding to help 54,400 unemployed people acquire work skills and search for employment; 5,040 fewer Ohio children will receive vaccines; and 8,100 fewer HIV tests will be administered in the District of Columbia.
The reports also say there will be less funding for the response to and cleanup of natural disasters, including for areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
The White House also says the national effects of sequester will be 2,100 fewer food inspections, delays to illness research, the partial or full closure of up to 400 national parks and a loss of treatment for "up to 373,000 seriously mentally ill adults and seriously emotionally disturbed children."
On Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace this weekend, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said that the White House is overstating the consequences of sequestration. "If the secretary of transportation can assure us all the planes are going to be safe, then the Department of Homeland Security can assure us that we can get through the airports on time," he said. Coburn also says there are "easy ways to cut this money that the American people will never feel."
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), speaking on the same program, said the Senate will vote this week on a plan that seeks to stop sequestration through spending cuts and changes to the tax code.