DECATUR, Ga. - The White House is warning that Georgia will face tough cuts if Washington doesn't reach a budget deal by Friday, but programs that depend on federal funds say they lack specifics.
Late Sunday, the White House released the potential budget impact on Georgia if sequestration were to take effect. It would trigger $85 billion in across the board federal budget cuts nationwide.
According to the White House release, Georgia would lose approximately $28.6 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 390 teacher jobs at risk.
Georgia's Head Start program could see cuts that would eliminate services for 1,700 children across the state.
At a Decatur head start center, it has teachers wondering about their future.
"It sends you to a place of wondering and potentially waking up at night pondering where the next paycheck is going to come from," said head start teacher Linda Grant.
The President blames Republicans on Capitol Hill.
"The President is determined to cut spending and reduce the deficit in a balanced way," says the White House release. "By not asking the wealthy to pay a little more, Republicans are forcing our children, seniors, troops, military families, and the entire middle class to bear the burden of deficit reduction."
Republicans like Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson counters that Washington's budget impasse can be blamed on the President's failure to lead.
"I think sequestration is going to happen, and it is going to happen because the President has failed to lead on this issue," said Isakson in a written release. "If sequestration goes into effect March 1, I predict that the public outcry will be so powerful that Congress and the President will find a way to fix the sequester by the time the continuing resolution expires on March 27."
Cuts in defense spending could mean furloughs for 37,000 civilian employees in Georgia.
Businesses near Ft. Benning are concerned.
"This is the ingredient for the economy to crash completely," said Jason McKenza, owner of Ride on Bikes. "If you cut the military, they don't spend with me."