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Afternoon Poll: The Federal Sequester

By Aaron Kraut

Monday - 2/25/2013, 2:40pm  ET

With the March 1 federal sequester deadline looming, the White House yesterday released a memo detailing cuts that would come to the federal government in each state.

Maryland would lose about $14.4 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 200 teacher and aide jobs at risk. Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for about 800 children in the state. About 46,000 civilian employees of the Department of Defense would be furloughed, among other cuts in a range of areas.

Montgomery County is home to 17 federal agencies. Because the county has 47,000 federal workers and thousands of businesses that contract with the federal government, County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) has warned of a “severe slowdown” if Congress does not delay the sequester or come up with a budget agreement before Friday.

Bethesda is home to a number of federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, which stands to be subject to significant funding cuts. A host of Bethesda-based federal contractors, from defense giant Lockheed Martin down, could also be affected.

How would the federal sequester affect you?