AirTalk for February 25, 2013

White House warns of dire impact of sequestration on California

Boehner, Cantor Talk To Media After GOP Conference Meeting

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As President Obama attempts to pressure congressional Republicans to avoid sequestration, are they swayed?

An $85 billion automatic cut is set to happen on Friday, and President Obama is intent on pressuring congressional Republicans to avoid sequestration. The White House yesterday issued reports about how sequestration will affect each state.

This report states that in California, $87.6 million will be cut from school budgets, and educational funding for programs for children with disabilities and Head Start will also face cuts. On the environmental front, California could lose funding for improved clean water and air quality. In addition, fewer children will receive vaccines, fewer seniors will receive state-provided meals and there will be over 9,000 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs.

Are Republicans swayed by this report? How realistic are its claims? Do you think there will be consequences to sequestration?

Guest:
Kitty Felde, KPCC Washington correspondent


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