Local officials are still scrambling to figure out when, if and how much the federal government sequester, which started March 1, will cost them.
But one big employer in the area is pretty certain about the "when."
Fermilab spokesperson Andre Salles said Friday that the short answer to whether Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory will be affected is "yes."
"But we won't know what those effects will be until a federal budget is passed," Salles said. "The current continuing resolution expires on March 27, and we're waiting to see what actual cuts are made."
Salles said he would provide updates if there is an official statement or if additional information comes in.
President Barack Obama called the sequester cuts "dumb" and "arbitrary" today, according to a Friday report in the Huffington Post.
Obama met with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) at the White House.
Boehner said the House will move next week on a bill to address the continuing resolution, which expires on March 27.
Boehner told the Huffington Post he is "hopeful" that Congress won't be dealing with the two-headed hydra of a government shutdown and a sequester.
What's a Sequester?
1. se·ques·ter /səˈkwestər/
Verb: Isolate or hide away (someone or something): "the artist sequestered himself in his studio for two years."
Noun: A general cut in government spending