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The Aftermath of the Sequester
Effects of Sequester
The federal government continues to face money problems. The latest was a sequester or forced budget cuts. The mandatory budget cuts were scheduled for March 1 unless a bill was passed to prevent the budget cuts. Republicans argued that President Obama has a continous spending problem and in order for the sequester to be solved, the spending problem needs to be addressed and resolved. While Democrats said that tax should be increased on the wealthy.
However, a bill was not passed and as a result, the sequester went into effect, cutting $85 billion in the federal budget. Many federal employees and teachers will lose their jobs. Americans can expect longer lines at the airport because TSA will reduce the number of employees checking passengers. In addition, U.S. Customs will have less border patrols to deal with illegal border crossing and the detaining of violators.
In short, the U.S. defense will be short on staff and more vulnerable to threats. Recently, the federal Aviation Administration announced that it is closing 149 control towers starting April 7 due to the forced spending cuts or sequester. This means that many air traffic controllers will be unemployed and switching careers.
Also, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently released over 200 detainees in Florida because of the sequester.