Those automatic budget cuts they've been arguing about in Washington for weeks will go into effect.
President Barack Obama says the cuts will not mean an apocalypse for the economy; he says "they're just dumb."
The Washington divide is leading to unity in the Vermont Statehouse. Friday morning the House of Representatives adopted a resolution urging Congress and the president to immediately begin work devising a better way to implement sequestration. Democratic, Progressive and Republican leaders crafted the measure jointly. Legislators say they don't know precisely how the prescribed cuts will affect Vermont, but the impact will be substantial.
"What we wanted to do here in Vermont is put together a nonpartisan resolution that represented all of our feelings which is: we're disappointed with leadership in Washington, from the White House to Congress to the U.S. Senate. We feel they need to get to work," said Rep. Don Turner, R-Milton.
Turner did concede it took the better part of a day for the party leaders to agree on the wording of the resolution.
With the loss of federal funding, legislators working on the state budget may be forced to start from scratch.
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