Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church
ATLANTA -- With only days left before $85 million in automatic budget cuts take effect, the White House released a state-by-state breakdown of how sequestration would affect Americans.
According to the report, national parks would take a big hit, and that could have a major impact on the King Historic District.
Judy Forte, superintendent of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, said a current hiring freeze has already forced them to reduce tours at Dr. King's birth home.
She said if they lose any more money, they may have to reduce hours to half-days or even close buildings until the park can hire more rangers.
"The birth home, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church...all those facilities which are major, critical resources to Dr. King's life and legacy would not be available to the American public," she said.
The site traditionally adopts extended hours during spring and summer months, but Forte said they will likely nix the plan this year because of a current ranger shortage.
Monday, some Republicans dismissed the list of cuts as nothing more than White House propaganda.
"It's all strictly political," said Republican strategist David Johnson. "It was based on a scare tactic. They're exaggerated on behalf of the White House; some of these cuts will occur, some of them won't."
If President Obama and Congress do not reach a deal, the cuts will go into effect March 1st.