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Fermilab Won't Feel Sequester Slam Until March 27

It's still sketchy how Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory will be affected by the sequester, but the short answer is that there likely will be an impact later this month.

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

 

SOURCE: Dictionary.com 

Patrick Sennett March 01, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Well, since the sequester was his/their idea to begin with, and he decides where the cuts get made, methinks he doth protesteth too much.
Jeff walsma March 02, 2013 at 04:06 AM
I think its a shame that our government officials can,t get there act together and at least come to some conclusion on the budget.It just seems to me if it were made so that the politicians them selves were made to suffer like all the rest of the country is well do you think they would let it go like they have been, DO YOU?
Robert Phillips March 02, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Remember the sequester is the White Houses idea of a budget. Don't let them pass the buck again to Congress. They have passed at least to budgets that the White House and Senator Harry Read and his cronies have rejected with out a real budget of there own.

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