White House: Sequester to impact Florida

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MIAMI - 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.

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