How the sequester could impact Texas funding


by KVUE News

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 25 at 8:49 AM

WASHINGTON -- Federal funding to Texas could stop in five days, along with every other state, if Congress and the president don't agree on a new budget.

The "sequester" is putting more than $120 billion in jeopardy. If that happens Americans could face longer wait times and flight delays across the nation.

The Federal Aviation Administration would be forced to undergo a funding cut of more than $600 million. Those employees could be forced to take a temporary unpaid leave of absence, therefore impacting air traffic.

The Transportation Security Administration would reduce it's front line workforce as well, increasing wait times through security. The head of the TSA was in Austin last week to introduce a new pre-screening program.

John Pistole said it really comes down to how long the sequestration goes on - if it happens.

"At some point it will affect the staffing, both for TSA security officers and every government agency. So the short term passengers should not see any changes, but clearly each day that it goes on has a greater potential to impact," Pistole said.

Other ways Texas could be impacted by the automatic cuts include losing $67.8 million in funding for primary and secondary education. Nearly 5,000 children would lose access to head start services.

About 52,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed. And public health service would lose more than $2.4 million.

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