INFO: Full List of Potential Sequestration Cuts
On Friday, automatic spending cuts - referred to as sequestration - are set to take effect unless Congress can agree on an alternate plan for the federal budget.
Here is a list of the areas of the government that will be affected, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget. The sequester will cut $55 billion from defense in 2013 and $27 billion from the non-defense discretionary budget.
* A reduction in readiness of many non-deployed units
* Delays in investments in new equipment and facilities
* Cutbacks in equipment repairs
* Declines in military research and development efforts
* Reductions in base services for military families
* Education grants to states and local school districts supporting smaller classes, after-school programs, and children with disabilities would suffer.
* Number of FBI agents, Customs and Border Patrol agents, correctional officers, and federal prosecutors would be slashed.
* FAA's ability to oversee and manage the nation's airspace and air traffic control would be reduced.
* Department of Agriculture's efforts to inspect food processing plants would be curtailed.
* Environmental Protection Agency's ability to protect the water we drink and the air we breathe would be degraded.
* National Institutes of Health would have to halt or curtail scientific research, including needed research into cancer and childhood diseases
* Housing programs and food assistance for low-income families would be cut
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