Washington calls it 'The Sequester;' many others call it a disaster
POSTED: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 9:00am
UPDATED: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 11:06am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — In Indiana, the National Guards' bracing for a 20 percent pay cut.
"A lot of the extras are going to go by the waste side like swim lessons, you know like preschool, even possibly our trip out to Pennsylvania to see Grandma this summer." Explained Jennifer Detlefsen, Indiana National Guard.
In Cleveland, the Social Security office's phones are ringing off the hook. People are anticipating the office may close one day a week.
From schools in Texas to restaurants that serve the military, America's bracing for 85 billion in budget cuts one week from today.
"This is an artificial, unnecessary, self-inflicted crisis that should end today," exclaimed Rob Andrews, New Jersey.
Weather forecasters, boarder patrol, airport screeners and air traffic controllers can all be furloughed.
For now there's not much action behind the scenes.
Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, said President Obama called him Thursday for the first time this year.
The White House said Republicans are spending more time criticizing than working on a solution.
"Imagine if Republicans put half the amount effort into finding a solution to this problem as they have into coming up with hash tags," expressed Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary.
Congress comes back next week.