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What does sequestration mean for you?

March 1, 2013

By Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices staff writer

As of March 1, the federal government will be required by law to enact deep, across-the-board cuts in services and functions because Congress and President Obama have yet to agree on how to address the country’s growing deficit.

The automatic budget cuts will force a reduction in federal spending. The process is called sequestration. When Congress passed the Budget Control Act law in 2011, it intended to make the cuts so unpopular that it would force an agreement on deficit reduction. Neither party thought that they would actually take effect.

Sequestration means spending cuts to the tune of $85 billion this fiscal year, which will be applied to all federal agencies. It will affect everything from air traffic controllers (who are federal employees) to immigration enforcement, according to Danny Werfel, federal controller of the Office of Management and Budget. The cuts are evenly split between domestic and defense programs.

Every account in nearly every federal agency, Werfel said, will have to cut its budget by a certain percentage, about 9 percent. That means that if an agency has a budget of $1 million it will have to cut $90,000; an agency with a budget of $100 million will see a $9 million cut.

The spending cuts do not mean an immediate crisis, but the effect will build up over time. People who receive federal jobless benefits will see their payments reduced by up to nine percent, and college students who apply for federal aid will see a dip in the amount to government is willing to cover in the next fiscal year.

It also means longer lines at the airport, as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will have to cut hours and have fewer people on duty, and reduced hours for national parks and forests.

If your parents work for the government, they may see their hours cut, or in some cases, put on furlough, which means they will not be allowed to work until Congress ends the sequester or the fiscal year ends in September.

On the other hand, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and benefits for veterans are exempt from the budget cuts.

So how does the sequestration end?

Congress and the president have to agree on a budget deal to government spending and debt. The Republicans want the massive budget gap closed with spending cuts only and Democrats prefer a combination of spending cuts and tax increases.

What do you think?

How will the sequestration affect you? How will the sequestration affect the economy? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!
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5/1/2013
Irving/TX
Kelsie
Bradley/Nimitz
Being a senior in high school, I feel like sequestration will really effect me. And since the government doesn't know how to bugets its money, everyone planning on using federal aid is effected. The sequester is also going to highly effect our economy because of this 9 percent cut.

4/26/2013
Benson, AZ
Kourtney
Sorensen
When the budgets are cut it feels as though a huge impact is being made on the schools' budgets. Funds for sports teams drop and extracurricular activities become more difficult to maintain. I think that budget cuts should be made to agencies that will not have such a large effect on the future of our country.

4/22/2013
Irving/TX
TJ
Bradley/Nimitz
A good government shouldnt have its congress and president arguing over what to do to handle a economic crisis, a good government would have a planned process of handeling the deficit. Seeing my government, our government, arguing over something that should be handeled professionally does not show a good example of our "strong" government. The cuts won't directly effect me but I will see the effects it has on other people. Putting people on the streets for the sake of our government isn't worth it. There has to be a less conflicted answer to solve the increasing deficit of America.

4/22/2013
Irving/TX
Dennys A.
Bradley/Nimitz
The stalemate between the congress and the president hurts the U.S. population, spending cuts seem unavoidable ,the growing deficits must be dealt with before they reach new extremes that will crumble our economy. As a student with tuition rates increasing and finding myself with less financial aid money to pay the universities will be forced to resort to alternative methods that may affect whether i should continue to pursue a college education or just decide to start working now on a minimum wage job which either way would still prove useless if cuts are made. Congress must find an alternative method if possible but regardless tough times will ensue.

4/21/2013
Irving/TX
but nguyen
Bradley/Nimitz
Sequestration will affect each and every one of us. The budget cut is design to cut evenly everything that the government spends money on in order to control the budget deficit. This may seem like it will help America right now, but in the long run, this budget cut will hurt us more than help us. I’m attending college next year, like millions of other students, so Federal Aides will be a big factor. If that is reduced, it will reduce the numbers of students that will be going to college because they depend on federal aides to pay for their tuitions. This is like an investment. Do we want to have a short success now with the budget cuts, or do we want a long prosperity and success in the future?

4/20/2013
Irving/TX
Kenia
Bradley/ Nimitz HS
The stress that comes with applying for colleges is nothing compared to finding out how to actually pay for college once you have been accepted. By this time many of us have either already filled out our FAFSA or are about to fill it out. We as seniors welcome with open arms all the financial help we can get. With the government going into sequestration it means that many of us students will not be able to get enough financial aid from the government in order to pay for our education. Furthermore all of these budget cuts will only harm the economy further rather than help it.

4/19/2013
Irving/TX
Elyssa
Bradley/Nimitz
Since the Sequestration is put upon us by refusal to agree upon cuts because of the growing deficits we are put under this situation by force. This affects me because like my fellow classmates I will be attending college and also applying for federal aid. Like many other future college students we need aids to help us pay for the increasing tuition rates of colleges worldwide. Decreasing the budget of aid to help the future of America isn’t really helping America. This could cause less people to attend college and less Americans to have good jobs that America needs to keep the economy going. Congress and the President need to agree on budget cuts that are unnecessary for our nation. Cutting budgets that can help us and your future generations is only hurting the future in which we need to focus on.

4/15/2013
Irving/Tx
Tasia
Bradley/Nimitz
The sequestration will effect my future the most with the budget cuts on education. I know the government can find other things that they're putting money into and it's not helping the country grow or continue to succeed. Yet they chooses to take money out of places that will help our country become smarter, and stronger as a nation. I think The sequestration is going to put a bad turn on the economy.

4/11/2013
Benson/AZ
Kady
Sorensen/Benson
Sequestration will effect everybody. It is important to budget or country and get our debt down, but it stinks that that will hurt the people and take away from things like education.

4/11/2013
Irving/Tx
Crystal
Bradley/Nimitz
Sequestration will effect the future for many Americans. The budget cut will help the government, but how badly will the people will suffer. Many people already homeless and some aren't able to attend school without the worry of debt and not being able to put food on the table. Every penny counts now. There must be another way to cut away from the people in need of the money. My peers and I need money for college, we are the future, must we all drop out and work with a low income job just to survive this world?

4/10/2013
Irving/Texas
Zachery
Bradley/Nimitz
Sequestration or budget cuts will effect everyone, it will effect me because finical aid will be helping me pay for college. It a big deal because citizens in the United States are that have federal jobs may need all the hours they can get or the kids that need help paying for college. Hopefully Sequestration, in the long run will positively effect the economy instead of negatively effecting our economy, though with the start of these budget cuts, I don't think anyone will enjoy them very much.

4/9/2013
Irving Tx
Joshua B
Bradley/Nimitz
To me sequestration means our country doesn't know to budget it's money and I feel like our country spends to much money on things that are not nessesary and not important to our enviorment.

4/5/2013
Benson,AZ
Rhiannon
Sorensen/Benson
Budget cuts effect everyone, but I think that we need to rethink our priorities instread of reducing money to things like education.

4/3/2013
Benson
Haley
Sorensen
Sequestration to me means that the country is having a hard time bugeting their money and giving it to everyone equally but i think we just need to look at what is a priority and show that to the country.

3/28/2013
Rudyard MT
Dono
Mrs.Campbell Northstar
The act of separating, or setting asid. The government will cut thing out and i agree with Dylan L from Benson/AZ that we need that money to keep all of the programs that help the kids in the school.

3/28/2013
Benson/AZ
Dylan L
Sorensen/Benson
It mean theat the goverement will make cuts that can help me. I know that some of these cuts are nessacary but the educational cut are not goin to be good. For some small towns they need that money that they are cutting. They need to have that money to keep all of the programs that help the kids in the school.

3/28/2013
Irving/TX
Alexis
Bradley/Nimitz
I understand the disadvantages for the sequester and I also understand the advantages. It seems to me that the disadvantages outweigh the advantages. Im going off to college in the fall and I am relying on federal aid, my ability to pay for school while becoming increasingly difficult if dramtic cuts are made. one of my parents also works for the gov't, I have two other siblings who also need to be put through college. If cuts are made on gov't jobs, not only is my parent effected but countless others who need to provide for their family. I recognize the advantages but in all honesty I see sequestration as a set back for our economy and will only slow us down.

3/26/2013
Benson
Kourtney
Sorensen
There is no way to regulate if people put sugar in drinks or not. It is already out there all over the world and people would always find other ways to consume it so there would be no point in trying to regulate it.

3/26/2013
Irving/Texas
Samantha N. S.
Bradley/Nimitz
The fact that the sequester is purposely ridiculous and wasn't legitimately suppose to go into effect is distressing. The sequester's cut will cause a catastrophe in our nation's economy, and will especially affect me in the area of federal aid since I am going to college next year, and it is a vital resource and necessity. The only possible way for the sequester to end is an agreement between congress and the president, and we all know how that has gone and will continue to go.

3/25/2013
Benson
Morgan
Mr. Sorenson
I think the government needs to figure out a plan and be more concered about taking care of our counrties needs rather than arguing over who gets power. Our counrty needs to have a budget that the government will stick to because otherwise we will continue spending and go into another recession. I don't think the American people should be punished, especially students looking to get into college, because the government can't control its spending, but buget cuts are needed in some areas to allow the country to recover.

3/25/2013
Irving/TX
Quynh
Bradley/Nimitz
One of the Navy's premier warships, the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, sits pier-side in Norfolk, Va., its deployment to the Persian Gulf delayed. The carrier and its 5,000-person crew were to leave Feb. 8, along with the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg. The Navy also began plans to gradually shut down four of its air wings – which include 50 to 60 aircraft each and are assigned to the carriers – and delay and cancel the deployments of several other ships. Furlough notices will begin going out later this month to about 800,000 defense department civilians, who will lose a day's pay each week for more than five months. The Army will let go more than 3,000 temporary and contract employees and beginning in April, it will cancel maintenance at depots which will force 5,000 more layoffs. The Air Force Thunderbird and the Navy's Blue Angels will cancel air show appearances. Veterans' funerals at Arlington National Cemetery could be cut to 24 a day from 31, meaning delays in burials for troops from past wars. Troops killed in action in Afghanistan will be the priority – they are usually laid to rest within two weeks, Army spokesman George Wright said. But overall funerals would be reduced by about 160 a month because of furloughs among civilian employees who work with families to schedule services as well as furloughs among crews that dig the graves and do other grounds work.

3/25/2013
Irving/TX
Kelly
Bradley/Nimitz
Next fall I will be attending college and the sequestration will affect me, because federal aid is getting a budget cut. College is already very expensive and peope struggle with it alreayd, but now with the budget cut, it's going to take a toll. This is also going to effect our economy bdley because people won't be aking enough money.

3/25/2013
New Milford/PA
Adam D.
Mrs. Ross/Blue Ridge High School
This just increases my disappointment in the government. The sequester was definitely a good idea. To finally get both parties to compromise, the sequester was put in place to make the alternative to terrible to bear. Apparently, not even the threat of federal wide budget cuts can get our government unified. The only way this is going to end is if we can finally have some comprise, like a true democracy should have.

3/22/2013
Benson/Arizona
Brandon
Sorensen/Benson
Coming from a family that serves the public, and looking into a career that will also be in public service, the sequester is a scary thing. What it means to me is possibly looking for another career route other than with any government agency especially the federal government. The sequestration to me is an eye opener to my decision with working for the government and if that's going to be a beneficial or even possible in the future.

3/22/2013
Irving/Texas
Cody
Bradley/Nimitz
The sequester is a huge deal and affects every American. The sequester is seriously going to hurt myself, a college student. I'm looking for federal aid from the government, and if it wasn't hard enough, now there is a reduced amount of money to be given out. College students are always looking for money and support from the government, but for middle class white kids, good luck! In four years, I plan on looking for a full time job. However, with all these spending cuts and job losses, it's getting harder and harder to find a job. Our economy will never grow and be plentiful as long as congress and the president can not come to terms. This is hurting everyone, especially college students.

3/22/2013
Irving/TX
Gabe
Bradley/Nimitz
Budget cuts are never a fun things, and they often lead to loss of many jobs because the funding is not there, but budgets aren't supposed to be seen as limits, but more as goals. Many Americans today have trouble making a budget for themselves because they look at budgets as a limiter on what they can and can't do, when in reality, budgets are there to help you get to a better financial standing. Budgets help you save money for when it's crucially needed, and we as a country need to rethink our finances because we're getting ever closer to collapsing because we don't want to wait in long lines at airports and we're afraid of illegal immigrants. The $85 billion cut of sequestration doesn't mean all that money was lost, it means that the $85 million won't be spent in those federal agencies, which means it can be used in other places in our government. The sequestration might lead to some loss of jobs, but it can also lead to lowered taxes, and more funding in the programs like CHIP, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Veteran Benefits so that we can get more out of them. One must also see that 9% really isn't that much compared to a whole. The government collects $2.524 trillion in revenue a year, meaning we make over 6 BILLION dollars a day. If we want to get to the goal of lowering our debt, we'll need to make a lower budget in order and use the money not in the budget to get ourselves out of the whole we dug ourselves in.

3/21/2013
Irving/Texas
April S.
Bradley/Nimitz
As a Senior in high school who is about to graduate, the sequestration will effect my ability to get funding to go to college. It will also effect the economy which in turn would effect me because it will be more difficult for me as a student to have a job that will pay enough to support me if the prices on everything actually go up. When there is a recession, it makes no sense for spending to be cut because it will only hurt the economy rather than help it. I don't see how cutting spending will reduce any debt that we have built up.

3/21/2013
Irving/Texas
Edgar
Bradley/Nimitz
Sequestration will affect in the fact that, I am now applying to college and federal aid, this only means I will get less aid. Sequestration will hurt the economy as there will be less money flow. Also employees all around will have to take hour or salary cuts sometimes even both.

3/20/2013
Irving/Texas
Misael
Bradley/Nimitz
The sequester was never suppose to happen but through congress inability to decide and agree on anything this sequestration has now come to pass and millions of people will feel the aftermath. As a student this will affect my ability to go to college since the cuts include education. Not only me but many more students who want to go to college but don't have the monetary resources to go. Not only does it adversely affect education it also affects the economy. Any economist will tell you that in a wake of a recession like ours its a really bad idea to cut spending. FDR had spending cuts after the Great Depression and the economy took a plunge immediately. The sequester is by far a bad idea and it's terrible that our government is so divided that even on the things they do agree on can't be solved.

3/17/2013
Irving/Texas
Yessica
Bradley/Nimitz
The sequestration affects me because I will soon be attending college and I need all the money that I can get. Not every student has the privilege to attend college, which isn't fair. The government shouldn't cut the financial aid on important things such as education and health. However the budget cuts could help out the economy it ciudad also harm us because we don't have the security of financial aid, air traffic control and so on. Therefore budget cuts should be implanted but not so much that it affects us.

3/15/2013
New Milford, PA
Leif
Ms. Ross/Blue Ridge High School
The Sequester, which was initiated on March 1st of this year, is where the national government will be forced to reduce spending in almost every national program by 9% in order to reduce the national deficit. This process, known as sequestration, will affect many people in our country greatly as well as myself. These automatic cuts will most likely affect me by reducing the amount of federal aid that I can get for college. I will probably have much less of a chance to get aid from programs like the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and grants from other federal agencies. These spending cuts will affect some other upcoming college students such as people in minorities and poorer students even more than they will affect me. Because the Sequester will decrease federal spending, the federal deficit might be helped which could affect the economy positively. But, because of cuts to other agencies, there may likely be a small increase in unemployment which might affect the economy negatively. I believe that both of these factors will result in almost no net effect to the economy because they will likely balance out.

3/15/2013
New Milford,PA
Makayla
Mrs. Ross Blue Ridge
The sequestration was a form of spending cuts put forth throughout many government and federal areas of employment and programs that both aid the community financially and help young adults with college. Right now some people my age may not feel the affect of the sequester but it does affect me since I receive aid for certain school/college programs such as dual enrollment. This may affect my future choices in furthering my education on where and how I will end up going to schools and how I would be able to afford a school. Although said spending cuts do an will continue to affect students everywhere its a step towards the right direction in trying to better out nation in other small ways one small step at a time.

3/15/2013
Blue Ridge/Pennsylvania
Austin
Ms. Ross/Blue Ridge High School
The sequestration is the automatic spending cuts put forth by the government that were inputed on March 1. These cuts are affecting people all over, although they have not yet directly affected my life. Although, in one year, this could have a huge impact on my life as i am applying for college. Because of the seuestration, there were cuts to federal agencies, including financial aid for college. So, when I am apply for the FASFA form, I won't recive as much financial aid money. This is not a good sign as we just got out of the Recession, so Americans are not going to appreciate the cuts to federal agencies. Sequestration is unavoidable at this point, but our government needs to find a way to work together and not hurt our country financially.

3/15/2013
New Milford, Pa
Allison
Ms. Ross/ Blue Ridge
The sequestration was put into effect due to the inability of the government to cut the country's debt. This means a lot to this country. Personally, this is going to impact my future when it comes to paying for college. There will not be the same amount of grant money or federal aid given to students for college costs. I agree that the government needs to do something to cut the debt, but the effects of the sequestration will have a huge impact on the economy of our country. Businesses will be cutting jobs to compensate for the across the board cuts, therefore leaving less jobs for the people, college students face a cut in the money they receive from the government to pay for college, and federal employees who receive jobless benefits will be looking at large pay cuts. The sequestration will certainly effect this economy.

3/15/2013
New Milford, Pa
Zach
Ms. Ross Blue Ridge
Sequestration are automatic spending cuts that took place beginning March 1. These cuts are across various federal departments and programs. The sequestration may not be directly affecting me right now, but around this time next year it could definitely impact where I go to college. The sequestration could impact my life by not being able to receive certain grants or financial aid for college, which in return may affect where I end up going to college. They cannot say that too much money is being spent on education. As Americans, we need education to better our society and provide our future generations with a more well educated society. In my opinion, budget cuts on education can greatly affect America by depriving many citizens of a chance of obtaining an education that formerly was widely available.

3/15/2013
Susquehanna / PA
potterj
Ms. Ross/Blue Ridge High school
Sequestration is a set of automatic budget cuts that will force a reduction in federal spending. The sequester may not directly affect me until I look for a government job I want to get into and find a lot less available. Sequestration will affect the economy simply by people getting less benefits and people in government jobs simply getting a few less hours. I believe as long as the country adapts as I know it can, such as when the country was created, when we switched from the gold standard to the trust standard, and during the great depression, which were more trying times than what we now face. sequestration could help the economy of the country as a whole by cutting down on government spending and helping pay some of the national debt. I do not believe that congress will come to an agreement because sequestration sounds almost exactly like what republicans have been pushing for this whole time so simply disagreeing and letting sequestration go through maybe their best option.

3/15/2013
New Milford, PA
Bethany
Ms. Ross/Blue Ridge
Sequestration means to me the automatic cuts in federal spending. Sequestration affects me in many ways. I am in high school so I am planning for college and worrying about financial aid. In the article they state that millions of dollars would be cut and would affect many people from receiving financial aid. This may prevent many students from being able to pay for college. That is a problem that will have an affect on me for years to come. Sequestration will affect the economy because of the amount of money taken out of job training for the unemployed. Although it is only one way it will have an affect it still will leave an impact on the economy. Without the training for workers how will they be able to get jobs to rejoin the workforce? Having the employment rate go back up would help the economy greatly.

3/15/2013
New Milford/PA
Curtis
Ms. Ross/Blue Ridge High School
The time the U.S. is in now, is the terrifying period of sequestration, which is the automatic spending cuts of federal programs and agencies. These cuts range anywhere from millions to billions of cuts in all of the federal agencies, affecting not only the people who work for the federal government, but the entire country as well. The amount of jobs lost due to these cuts are substantial, even if they are for a short amount of time, and have potentially been predicted to link to an economic drop or fall-out. This is something most everyone does not want, because we just came out of an “economic crisis,” and losing more jobs and the federal aid cuts for things like scholarship, or disabilities, and would deeply hurt America. Sequestration was put in place as a way to subsidize the national debt, and yes we need to, but we must find other ways to do it, because hurting Americans will tarnish the country and be catastrophic.

3/15/2013
New Milford, PA
Doro
Ms. Ross/Blue Ridge High School
The sequester cuts won't influence me because I as an exchange student won't be here when the program year begins, but the cuts will certainly influence every student who's going to go to college and is relying on financial aid from the government. My opinion is that it's true that the government needs to reduce spending but I think it's the wrong approach to cut spending for education. Proposing cuts that were never supposed to be enacted in the first place is a strange plan anyway. I think there should be another way to bring the government to work together than enacting spending cuts that only hurt the people of this country who are not responsible for the inability of the government to agree on anything. Spending cuts are necessary right now, but I think the government should do it with a plan, and right now with the sequester nobody seems to know exactly how it will affect the economy.

3/15/2013
New Milford/PA
Alex
Ms. Ross/Blue Ridge High School
The sequester is a group of automatic budget cuts that were made to encourage Congress to compromise. Sequestration will have a big impact on myself and the rest of America. The sequester would hurt the economy because programs such as student financial aid, research grants, and unemployment insurance, as well as all other government programs, have been cut by nine percent. There will also be a reduction in the federal workforce. Not only will the sequester hurt the economy, but it will not solve the current deficit problems since Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, the main sources of the Government’s spending, are immune to the sequester. So the sequester will cause economic problems without fixing the deficit. This will definitely affect myself and other Americans unless Congress can compromise and come up with a solution.

3/15/2013
New Milford/PA
Jenna
Ms. Ross/Blue Ridge Highschool
Sequestration is act of forcibly taking possession of something, in this case across-the-board federal spending cuts. To me it means that if the Congress and the President do not come to a budget deal agreement within the next year, I will be paying more for college than expected. There is a good chance that this will happen because it may be in act for 10 years. Another aspect is that some of my friends will not be receiving as much federal aid through programs such as Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant and Federal Work-Study. Also some of those same friend’s parents that are unemployed, will be losing help to rejoin the workforce because of the $450 million cut from federal employment and training programs. I have some relatives that have federal jobs which means they may be losing their jobs. For many families these federal spending cuts will be hitting very close to home.

3/15/2013
New Milford/PA
Jake
Ms. Ross/Blue Ridge High School
The sequester will most likely affect thousands of American citizens. It will definitely affect me because next year I will be going to college and years to follow. I have already applied for aid from the government. I will be a first generation college student and my family and I will be affected by the sequester cuts on federal aid to college students. The field of study that I will be going into is biology, and if there will be cuts on research my field of study may stuffer, which might possibly affect my education. The sequester cuts will definitely affect the economy. Many workers have a federal job and there are going to be cuts in most federal job holders, which will affect the economy. The sequester will cut more than $450-million from federal employment and training programs which helps people get the skills they need to re-enter the workforce. If these people are not able to get the skills they need then there will be a considerable amount of less workers in the workforce. The sequester cuts will have effects on many American citizens.

3/15/2013
New Milford, Pennsylvania
Mary
Ms. Ross Blue Ridge High School
In my personal opinion, it is obvious that our country is greatly in debt and we should probably make some attempt to catch up, but I'm not sure that taxing the American people even more or cutting funding for education and National security is the best way to do it. It is going to affect me because I will be looking for student loans this year in order to afford college, there is no way I can do it on my own. So hopefully there is still enough money in the budget to provide college bound students with the money is was designed to loan. It may also affect my home life. My mother is a government employee at Pocono Mountain School District and they are making some major cuts based on their budget and over spending. She already drives 3 hours round trip to go to work everyday, I can't imagine how we would afford things if they cut her hours or pay. Sequestration will hopefully benefit the economy by pulling the nation out of debt, but then again if people aren't making as much money due to budget cuts and there is a possibility they will be taxed even more, no one is going to want to spend money. The nation will most likely go into a recession again. Hopefully there are no new taxes and this program achieves what it is designed to do!

3/15/2013
New Milford, PA
Ally
Ms. Ross/Blue Ridge High School
It is time for the democrats and republicans to agree on something. They cannot keep bickering back and forth. It is time for them to plan together and act. Right now my college future is in their hands and that is terrifying. I have been planning since age five to attend college. As it gets closer and closer I get more afraid of how I will pay for it. With my mother being a single parent I planned to rely heavily on financial aid. This sequester may cut financial aid by quite a lot and that will affect me. If this sequester goes through it could last up to ten years. I will only be attending college for four years. While in college I also am eligible work-study. That means that I could apply for a job on campus to help me earn money. Unfortunantely, “programs like the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and Federal Work-Study would be cut by millions of dollars, eliminating more than 100,000 students from participation.” http://chronicle.com/article/Sequestration-Presents/137617/ I hope that Congress and President Obama can make an agreement soon because this will not only affect me and other college students but also the economy itself. The sequester is said to force programs like the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation to make fewer research-grant awards. This could lead to the loss of thousands of jobs for scientists and students. Our unemployment rate is high enough and we cannot afford to have more people lose jobs. The sequester is also said to cut $450-million from federal employment and training programs. These are the programs which help the unemployed gain important skills to re-enter the workforce. Without gaining these skills many of these people will not be able to gain a job. As the sequester plans to cut and cut, our unemployment rate will go up and that could potentially kill our economy even more.

3/15/2013
New Milford/PA
Joe
Ms. Ross/ Blue Ridge High School
I think that the sequestration is going to harm students more than it will do good. The fact that they are taking away more money from students of need is extremely unnecessary. By doing this, people will see them as unsupportive of education. They cannot say that there is too much being spent on education, because that’s impossible. By spending more on education, they are trying to create a better future, but since they will be supplying less, they are not being very supportive. As for how this affects me, it could break me. I have always been a “child of need”, and they are even taking away funding for that. That is very serious in my case because that means I will have to get bigger loans, which will end up costing me a lot, instead of getting scholarships for schools which I have been striving so hard to get.

3/15/2013
New Milford
Lewis
Ms. Ross/Blue Ridge High Scool
The sequestration mayl effect me personally because it could be harder for me to achieve financial aid in the future. If this goes into effect then I'm going to have to do better planning with finances for college. Receiving less or no financial at all won't make any guarantees in getting in to college because financial aid is key. I think it will also effect other students because they might be thinking the same thing as me. Also, the sequestration will effect jobs.

3/15/2013
New Milford/PA
Ian
Ms. Ross/ Blue Ridge High School
I think sequestration will affect everybody. future college student will find it more difficult to pay for college. However there is also the fact that the cuts will affect research grants for college. Since I am attending a university that emphasizes research, there may be a cut in research opportunities for students at college. This may also hurt the economy a bit. since businesses will have to cut jobs. The effects of the sequestration may not be immediate, but they will affect all Americans.

3/15/2013
New Milford, PA
Jessica
Ms.Ross/ Blue Ridge
Sequestering is defined as spending cuts which will reduce federal spending in nearly every agency. Sequestration, although not currently, will affect me personally. I am a senior in high school which means that college is in my near future. Paying for college will prove more difficult with 9% cuts to the federal agency that will provide me with financial aid. This can make attending college a more stressful and monetarily draining time in my life. Also, sequestration means longer lines at the airport because the TSA will have to cut hours and have less people on duty. I am a frequent traveler and longer lines at airports is not something I look forward to. Sequestration will lead to budget cuts that affect employment, payments to people who receive federal jobless benefits, and college students will notice a reduction in what the government is willing to cover in terms of their education.

3/14/2013
New Milford/PA
Ethan
Ms. Ross/Blue Ridge High School
Sequestration, the automatic spending cuts of 9% of the federal budget to all federal agencies, means that college may be more difficult then before March 1st. To me, this means that I will have to increase my effort to get to college. The sequestration may also affect my ability to even get to college, which worries me greatly. This worries me due to the affect this sequester has on federal aid for school. Many schools will no longer be able accept as many students on scholarships or financial aid, which will massively increase competition between potential students.I hope that eventually Congress can get their act together and come to an agreement. That would help other college hopefuls as well as myself.

3/14/2013
New Milford/PA
James
Ms. Ross
Sequestration is defined as the automatic budget cuts which will force a reduction in federal spending. Sequestration ties to me personally by the spending cuts to education. College is right around the corner for me and it will be very difficult with the nine percent cuts to federal aid. There may be fewer teens from my generation getting higher education due to this. It is already difficult to get that higher education, and without the government, it will be significantly more difficult. This will also effect where I can work and how wealthy I may become later in life because without that education, then there will be fewer job opportunities.

3/14/2013
New Milford/PA
Shania
Ms. Ross/Blue Ridge High School
Sequestration is the forced reduction of federal spending/budget cuts. Sequestration to me means that after high school, it is going to become more difficult to pay for college. With the 9% budget cut, college payment will become more of a difficult situation for many students and their families. Not everyone will be affected by this 9% cut such as big business companies since they have a lot of money compared to the average family.

3/14/2013
New Milford/Pennsylvania
Michelle
Mrs. Ross/Blue Ridge High School
Sequestration is the action of taking legal possession of assets until a debt has been paid or other claims have been met. Sequestration, overall, affects the nation. However, for me personally, it means that paying for college may be more difficult with federal aid. It may not be a huge change, but it still affects the pay that i may be/am responsible for. The economy will be affected as a result and hurt many people at the moment. However, I don't think that this is that big of a deal for me directly.

3/14/2013
New Milford/PA
Michael
Ms. Ross/Blue Ridge High School
Sequestration to me personally means paying for college is going to be harder than previously thought. With 9% budget cut in most government programs including Student-Aid program paying for college may become harder. On a large scale I don’t think a 9% budget cut is a giant deal. In big corporations 9% is not much. When your usual budget is say 100 million dollars and you are loosing 9 million it doesn’t really seem like a drastic change.

3/14/2013
New Milford/PA
Tyler
Ms. Ross/Blue Ridge High School
Sequestration may affect me through possible enhanced interest rates on college loans, but I'm not sure how much money I'll be borrowing for college. I may also notice an even greater decline in the US postal service. But other than that, I'm not sure I'll be directly affected. So long as we aren't attacked, defense cuts shouldn't matter either. I'm not really sure how I'll be affected.

3/14/2013
New Milford/PA
Samuel
Ms. Ross/ Blue Ridge High School
The sequester cuts won’t affect me that much until next year. Neither of my parents work for the government and none of the other cuts will affect me till I go to college next year. And even then, the cuts won’t hurt me especially bad because I won’t be receiving that much money from the government anyway. As well, I think the sequester cuts don’t cut the right things. Things such as Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare are not being cut. These things are bankrupt and need to be redone, yet they survive these cuts. I personally believe that these sequester cuts will affect the economy, but I’m okay with them. The federal government needs to cut spending and it doesn’t show any signs of actually wanting to take the steps that are necessary to reducing the deficit. Yes, these cuts will be hard for the American people to take, but it’s time we stepped up and did what was necessary. These cuts will definitely be hard and possibly hurt the country in the short term, but will help it in the long run in my opinion.

3/14/2013
New Milford/Pennsylvania
Troy
Ms. Ross/Blue Ridge High School
I agree with the Republican side of the issue. The American public should not be responsible for paying the debt generated by one of the most ineffective governments in the world. There is no way for Congress to learn a financial sense of responsibility if all they choose to do is ask everyone else to get them out of it. Obviously they have no sense of what it is really like to live in the middle class and try to support yourself or even a family. It becomes even more difficult when the business someone is working for receives a large amount of cuts and people lose their job. If the democrats choose to raise taxes, than almost everyone that is employed will be affected, including myself. When the citizens in America have less money in their paychecks, they will not have as much money to spend and put back in the economy. The American government needs to stop such reckless spending instead of just asking for more from its citizens.

3/13/2013
Irving/Texas
Leslie
Bradley /Nimitz
The sequestration will affect other students and my self with the financial aid many of us are looking to pay for college . Have some budget cuts will only bring many down turns to people that have federal jobs. And will also decrease opportunities for students to stay out of life term debts from higher education. Having the cuts will mostly likely affect everyone either in small portions or in huge portions depending on were the person is economically. As a student the is willing to pursue higher education can be effected with financial help to pay college.

3/11/2013
Aurora/OH
Claire
Frankmann/Harmon
First off I think that sequestration is definitely going to affect our nation. Our government is being run is like an unhealthy business . When a business is spending more than they make, spending cuts need to be made to allow the company to be profitable. You can't spend more than you earn, just like a family`s budget. We got to this fiscal cliff because the lawmakers could not agree or compromise on how to spend less money. Now that we have come to this forced fork in the road , I know that these spending cuts imposed on the federal angencies will affect many families and businesses. It will slow the economy down because the government will be spending less money. One way that I may be affected is in the airport security ,the lines may be increased because its reducing employee hours and number of employees at security. Overall the sequestration will be difficult yet isn't it difficult for all of us to live within our budget.

3/9/2013
Irving/Texas
Wesley
Bradley/Nimitz
First off, sequestration directly affects me with regards to my future college expenses. Today, college does not financially appeal and include the average American citizen. Thus, scholarships and financial aid are a must when it comes to paying for a college degree. With sequestration, the financial aid that we all rely on is being cut drastically, leaving even more students stuck with a life long debt. Nevertheless, no one can ever hope to always be positively impacted by the government’s actions. With that said, I actually find the sequestration a necessity. The government spends to appease the current faction or social sway. Thus, much of our nation's budget does not take in the big picture of our economy and instead, only tends to the “here and now's.” The cuts caused by sequestration puts into perspective how wasteful our government truly is. Now, our economy may take a few hits during this cycle, but some of these cuts are needed to lighten up our nation's financial load. When America is debt free, most of the American citizens will be debt free as well.

3/8/2013
Irving/Texas
April K.
Bradley/Nimitz
The sequestration will not directly affect me very much, besides that I might be given less money for financial aid for college. Neither me nor my parents work for the government, so we will not have as much struggles as the tons of people who have federal jobs. Those with federal jobs will be greatly affected in the economy, if there is a budget cut. The sequestration will bring hardship for many people, but in the long run our government will be getting out of debt, saving lots of money, and this will in the end help our whole country out.

3/8/2013
Benson/ AZ
Jordan
Mr. Sorensen/ Benson High School
Sequestration means that the government has a limit on federal spending. It is good for the government to be limited on spending. If federal spending was not limited, the government would spend all of the money possible and the country would be even more in debt.

3/8/2013
Aurora/Ohio
Alex
Mr. Frankmann/Harmon
First of all, I want to comment about the name Sequester. It is the exact same thing as the Fiscal Cliff and I think whoever spent time figuring out a different name must have had something better to do that could contribute to our country. Second of all, I think that the Sequester shows that our country needs to become faster. Congress couldn't agree on something and it will cost our country greatly for it. As Obama said to Congress on the subject of gun control, Vote! if we can come to a decision on things faster than we can be in a much better economical state.

3/8/2013
Irving/TX
Kenia
Bradley/ Nimitz HS
The stress that comes with applying for colleges is nothing compared to finding out how to actually pay for college once you have been accepted. By this time many of us have either already filled out our FAFSA or are about to fill it out. We as seniors welcome with open arms all the financial help we can get. With the government going into sequestration it means that many of us students will not be able to get enough financial aid from the government in order to pay for our education. Furthermore all of these budget cuts will only harm the economy further rather than help it.

3/8/2013
Irving/Texas
Alan
Bradley/Nimitz
Sequestration has a purpose. It will help the government save a lot of money. A lot of people will get hit pretty badly, but many more will be helped. It would be a lot better if the two parties could come to an agreement, so that some areas could be spared. The budget cuts will help the country recover, but will make it hard to receive as much financial aid as what could have been received. I will be affected in the way of financial aid.

3/8/2013
Irving/Texas
Monica A.
Bradley/Nimitz
The sequestration is going to affect people around the country in many ways. Our government has been very stubborn to come to an agreement about what we can do to cut back on money. All because of this it's going to cause many problems. The sequestration may mean that I have to find different ways to find money in order to go to college. Lots of people are going to struggle now, especially those people who receive jobless benefits & those who have government jobs. Everything is going to be worse before it gets better.

3/8/2013
Irving/Texas
Giancarlo
Bradley/Nimitz
This sequester is a pretty big budget cut. The government will save loads of money! Veterans and other benefits will not be affected but what about the citizens of the United States? I am going on to college but with this sequester, I will not get as much government aid as I should. Many other mid-class to low-class students like me will not get the help we need. The American economy may thrive but what of the future doctors, lawyers, and engineers? The American people should get ready for what is about to happen. This “land of opportunity” is about to get expensive!

3/8/2013
Irving
Steven Hutchason
Braadley/Nimitz
Sequestration will significantly affect me and everyone in the country by making processes and services slower and longer. I, personally, will recieve less financial aid which I am in desperate need of. It means the economy will take a slow turn as spending will decrease slightly and stocks will fall slightly as well. I do not think this battle in congress will take that long though. I believe that if they want to keep their seats and a good chance at re-election most of them will fight hard to get this done and over with quickly.

3/8/2013
Irving/Texas
Maddie
Bradley/Nimitz
I am a senior this year and am about to go to Stephen F. Austin State University in the fall. I am going to apply for financial aid and I am going to be affected by sequestration because I am not going to benefit very much. Sequestration will cause the economy to suffer ever more- right as we are getting out of a recession. People will lose their jobs, and income will fall. They should not increase taxes if they do this because it will make things even worse.

3/8/2013
Irving/Texas
Maddie
Bradley/Nimitz
I am a senior this year and am about to go to Stephen F. Austin State University in the fall. I am going to apply for financial aid and I am going to be affected by sequestration because I am not going to benefit very much. Sequestration will cause the economy to suffer ever more- right as we are getting out of a recession. People will lose their jobs, and income will fall. They should not increase taxes if they do this because it will make things even worse.

3/8/2013
Irving/Texas
Helen
Bradley/Nimitz
Sequestration is another fine example of how effective our government is. With so much emphasis on political parties, they are not working to help the people. Sequestration to me means that I might not get enough help to go to college. It will significantly cut the income of families who's main income source is from a job in a federal agency and this will also restrict the growth of our economy. We are barely getting out of a recession but if the source of income for many middle class families is no longer there and there is no help for the poor any more, how are we going to improve our economy? The gap between the rich and the poor seems to only grow with the acts that congress passes. If they are going to cut programs they should also add taxes to the wealthiest in the United States because they obviously have more than enough money.

3/8/2013
Benson/AZ
Kaelin L.
Marv Sorensen
It will effect my education, it will effect everyone! The United States needs to get out of debt and stop spending money on things we don't need!

3/8/2013
Benson
Emily
Benson
Sequestrian means spending cuts and i think that this should not happen. Education is facing the most spending cuts and it is hurting our schools. that is bad.

3/8/2013
Benson/Arizona
Amanda
Mrs. Sorensen/Benson High School
Rasing taxes sometimes is a good thing but it doesnt always help ecspecially when you have a low imcome and have to pay an even higher tax rate. I do think its good that we re cutting our spending but its not going to help busnesses which is a reason why prices go up for products so it makes people who dont make that much money start to cut down a lot. It effects pur economy in a bad way

3/8/2013
Irving/Tx
Samantha S
Bradley/Nimitz
I’m not going to sit here and complain about how much this would effect me personally. If the country decides to do a huge budget cut, I’m sure there are good reason behind it. Every four year we vote for a president who we are putting our trust in, to do the best for not only our country but our society. Welfare needs to be cut down even more, in my opinion, because there is a lot of people who just live on it, instead of using it as a tool to better them selves from times of crisis. If after a period of time, a person cannot get in together while being in welfare, they don’t deserve it all. In this case the Financial Aid, should be the budget that gets cut the least. Financial aid will help student with their future , and over all with the future of the country so it is very important that as many students as possible receive this help from the government.

3/7/2013
Benson, AZ
kayla
Sorenson
i think we will have to deal with it, although raising taxes doesnt always help, i think we pay enough for this government its just the poeple making the decisions for our country. i think its a good idea that we are cutting our spending though.

3/7/2013
Benson/AZ
Rhiannon
Sorensen/Benson High School
It will effect my education. But the need to get the US out of debt, is important. I don't follow these types of things, so I can't say much about this situation.

3/7/2013
Benson/AZ
Joey
Sorenson/Benson
We will just have to deal with the spending cuts since thats the way it is going to be. There just isn't enough money out there to fix the deficit if we keep spending money the way that we have been doing.

3/7/2013
Benson, AZ
Brendon
Marv Sorensen/Benson HS
This wont be to bad, they will make a decision because of this and get on with their happy little lives.

3/7/2013
Benson/AZ
Rhiannon
Sorensen/Benson High School
It will effect my education. But the need to get the US out of debt, is important. I don't follow these types of things, so I can't say much about this situation.

3/7/2013
AZ
Derek
SorensonBenson
I think that this could be a good idea except that it is puttion people out of work and costing many people money in thier jobs. it might not effect some of them that have a lot of many anyway but the ones who are just trying to survive this will realy hurt them. however i am all for trying to lower our deficit.

3/7/2013
Benson
Haley
Mr. Sorensen
I believe budget cuts are nessasary thing to have as long as you give the people some kind of benifit to help them ajust to their lower salary and do not cut a abundant amout for one employee.

3/7/2013
Benson/AZ
Krystal
Sorensen/Benson High School
Sequestration could affect a lot. I am one of the many students applying for scholarship money to go to college. That is one bit that might be affected. I'm also affected by the fact that my father works for the government. I get hit twofold but I'm sure there are others who get hit worse.

3/7/2013
Aurora
Tyler
Mr. Frnakmann @ Harmon MS
=Introduction= As we know,,the sequester is a set of automatic spending cuts that went into effect last week. Unlike the portrayal of the media as it being sudden doom, it is more of cuts that are felt over time. =A Possible Good Side?= Although these cuts may seem bad, it may be time to make some budget cuts. Although I dislike some of the spending cuts, some don't effect me and just make a small step towards reducing the deficit. For example, national parks, I am not fond of the outdoors, thus the taxes spent on them could be used for more practical things, which they may be now because the sequestration is in effect. =The Cuts that I Dislike= Some of the defense cuts may hurt our country because we have to support those who serve to protect us. I heard of a bill that will allow the pentagon to choose what to reduce instead of taking an equal percentage from different departments. This may lead to a more positive outcome. Food safety is another bad result of the sequestration. We have to have clean and safe food, or risk food-borne illness. Also, as a student, I am not anticipating cuts to the classroom. =Conclusion= Although we do need to balance our budget and spend less, I feel that the sudden onset and some of the cuts will be a change over time, but until we reverse the sequestration, it is what it is.

3/6/2013
Benson, AZ
Elena
Mr. Sorenson / Benson High School
Although I am not personally affected by any direct or indirect means, I have confidence that this sequester will at least force agreements to happen. It's a give and take situation between Congress and the president and one of them needs to see which is going to benefit our country most at this time. It doesn't matter whether one way worked a decade back to get out of a deficit, because the odds are, our economy is nothing like what it was back then. This country is becoming much too divided as it is, and with things like this sequester, it's only becoming worse in repairing the strength the U.S. had when we were actually UNITED.

3/6/2013
Benson, AZ
Kasey
Sorensen/Benson
as long as the changes are good and help the economy ans small business. i am all for it

3/6/2013
Benson AZ
Mikayla
Sorenson
It will affect my education that I need for a decent job. If I dont have that education behind me I will not be able to support myself. I need a basic and beyond education.

3/6/2013
benson az
Alexa
mr sorencen benson high school
This is going to affect my ablement too go to college. I cant even pay for most thing as is. My boyfriend could get fired have no job. How will people get what they need

3/6/2013
Benson, Arizona
Alyssa
Sorenson
The sequestrian wont really affect me as much as others, I dont have a dederal job, I dont collect social security, nor does anyone around me. It will affect the economy though, there are a lot of people that will be affected.

3/6/2013
Benson , AZ
jacob m.
Benson High School
Many people will lose their jobs who didn't need to. What I hope for is that these drastic cuts will help put into perspective how much our government wastes. Personally I side with Republicans on this issue. We need budget cuts, period the end. There is no reason for an increase in taxes to allow our government more room for waste full spending. If they over spend and don't have a sensible understanding of money, then we shouldn't just give them more, they won't learn. The ordinary American has to live within a budget and has one else to depend on when they over spend. Why should our government be treated any different than us

3/6/2013
Benson AZ
Evan
Benson High School
The sequestration will affect me in the next year because while I try to apply for financial aid, I will not receive as much money as I would has if we were not under this fiscal cliff. Also, while I am trying to apply for jobs, because of budget cuts, I will probably not get as great of a job because of companies having to lay off employees due to budget cuts. The sequestration will affect the economy because it will cause prices to inflate, while our incomes will be lower, which will cause slowed down production and less spending on services.

3/6/2013
Benson/Arizona
Gunner
Sorensen/Benson High
The sequestration will not affect me unless I apply for financial aid. In the economy, any person working for the government will see their hours cut, and anyone recieving financial aid will also see a dip in the amount of money recieved.

3/6/2013
Benson/AZ
David
Marv Sorenson/Benson High School
A large portion of my college tuition will be paid with financial aid, so this will affect me in a large way.

3/5/2013
Irving/Texas
Jessica W.
Bradley/Nimitz
The sequestration will affect me in the next year because while I try to apply for financial aid, I will not receive as much money as I would has if we were not under this fiscal cliff. Also, while I am trying to apply for jobs, because of budget cuts, I will probably not get as great of a job because of companies having to lay off employees due to budget cuts. The sequestration will affect the economy because it will cause prices to inflate, while our incomes will be lower, which will cause slowed down production and less spending on services.

3/5/2013
Irving/Texas
Timothy Betts
Nimitz/Bradley
The sequester represents yet another failure of the Republicans to get something done for their constituents and the people of the United States of America. However, in allowing the sequester to take place the Republicans have gone way to far. By putting their special interests ahead of the needs of the many they have ostensibly permitted the devastation of our economy and the loss of necessary jobs—something they will no doubt look to during the mid-term elections and blame solely on the majority party. However, the sequester speaks to a larger issue. Though many in some places will think that these cuts will be beneficial in the long run, they ignore the fact that cutting spending will do little to reduce the debt. It is obvious that the large wealth gap that we have in this country is one of the causes of our economic woes. It has been well established that middle class in a democratic and capitalist society is a main source of taxation—the poor are taxed less as to not suffocate them and the rich are taxed less to promote a supply of jobs. But, the wealth distribution has become so skewed for rich that this is no longer true. When we have a middle class that has become nearly indistinguishable from the poor, we need to find revenue elsewhere while tackling the underlying issue. Until we can fix the wealth distribution in this country—not Socialism, just a more equitable distribution—we will have those special interests groups looking at the rich and advocating cutting their taxes. This will not solve our problems; it will deepen our deficits and grow our debts. The real way to solve the “deficit” problem and the “debt” problem is to look from cutting and toward fixing the underlying problems—the disparity in wealth distribution. Until we can do this, the deadlock in Washington will continue to lead to more fiscal cliffs and more sequesters until the American people and government wake up and do something.

3/5/2013
Benson/Arizona
Richard Rose
Mr. Sorensen/Benson High
The sequester will affect me personally because my father receives social security and as a dependent, I receive some money every month as well. I believe the sequester will have a huge negative effect on our economy. Many people will lose their jobs who didn't need to. What I hope for is that these drastic cuts will help put into perspective how much our government wastes. Personally I side with Republicans on this issue. We need budget cuts, period the end. There is no reason for an increase in taxes to allow our government more room for waste full spending. If they over spend and don't have a sensible understanding of money, then we shouldn't just give them more, they won't learn. The ordinary American has to live within a budget and has one else to depend on when they over spend. Why should our government be treated any different than us? They need to get up and agree on a balanced budget that allows them to live within their means without having to rely on someone else to cover their mistakes, our government is not a teenager and we are not their parents.

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