The White House says the upcoming sequester could have a big impact on Florida.

According to the White House, Florida will lose $54.5 million in funding for primary and secondary education. The state will also lose funding for the Head Start program and to military operations.

Sen. Bill Nelson and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz warned against the coming sequester last week.

The forced spending cuts, known in Washington as the sequester, originated from a proposal first floated by the White House in mid-2011 as Congress faced an approaching deadline to raise the debt ceiling. Republicans and Democrats ultimately agreed to raise the debt limit and come up with a deficit-reduction agreement to offset the higher debt level. But, if they didn't act, they would face these automatic budget cuts, instead.

The spending cuts go into effect on March 1.

Click here to read the White House's release on the sequester.

Spending cuts Americans will feel the most

Published On: Feb 21 2013 01:18:02 PM EST   Updated On: Mar 01 2013 02:46:17 PM EST

With no deal in place in Congress, $85 billion in sweeping federal spending cuts will take effect today, targeting everything from defense to education. Here's where Americans will really feel the impact of the cuts.

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Americans are bracing for the forced budget cuts that could kick in on March 1. Some of the hardest hit would be 2.1 million federal workers who could be spending up to 22 business days at home without pay on a furlough.