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How budget cuts could affect you

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President Barack Obama's motorcade is seen on Independence Ave., on the return trip to the White House in Washington, Wednesday.

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Government agencies are already taking steps to comply with automatic spending cuts that took effect March 1. More than half of the nation's 2.1 million government workers, for example, may be furloughed. At the Pentagon alone that could mean 800,000 people who will lose a day's pay each week for more than five months; other federal agencies are likely to furlough several hundred thousand more for a varying number of days.
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