City Desk

If Congress Can’t Avert the Sequester, Here’s What Will Happen to D.C.

Sequester loser.

The White House has a list of all the D.C. programs that could go without funding if Congress can't avert the sequester, and there are a lot. The D.C. residents who stand to lose most in the sequester include:

  • Teachers: The sequester would eliminate $533,000 in education funding.
  • The old: District seniors would lose $191,000 in meal assistance.
  • The young: Two hundred students would lose their Head Start and Early Head Start enrollment.
  • Cops: $80,000 in law enforcement grants would be on the chopping block.
  • Fish: $64,000 in fish and wildlife protection grants could be eliminated, as well as clean water funding.

The sequester also threatens funding for domestic violence victims, disaster response, and work study jobs. Meanwhile, the sequester's big winners could be infectious diseases, with 370 children not receiving vaccinations for whooping cough, tetanus, and measles.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery.

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Comments

  1. #1

    whopping cough? is that a "very large" cough?

  2. #2

    I don't think anyone wants to see what will happen if these cuts go into place, in D.C or anywhere else. But there's a hard truth here, that there is no painless route to debt and deficit reduction. The "I will go line by line in the budget and cut out ineffinciencies" spiel is a myth - only deep, painful cuts and real revenue increases on the tax side will get us started on the road to averting the future financial ruin of this country.

  3. #3

    These budget cuts add up to less than $1 million? The DC budget is running a $417 million surplus. So what's the problem here?

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