Tom Davis, a former Republican congressman from Virginia, said the threat of sequestration already has had an effect on government contracting, a major industry in the Washington region.
“Contracts run this place economically,” Davis said, noting that Washington area businesses are taking a wait-and-see approach. “There’s no question we take a hit in this area. . . . If nothing else, the uncertainty stops expansion.”
The array of cuts outlined would include more than $7 million in reductions in clean air and water programs in the region and $673,000 in cuts for law enforcement grants that help with crime prevention and prosecution.
The region would lose a combined $4 million in funds for substance abuse, meaning 4,700 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs.
The White House projections spotlighted cuts at every stage of education, an area the president vowed to make a priority for his second term.
Head Start, a program aimed at preparing low-income children before they reach kindergarten, would be forced to serve 2,000 fewer children in Maryland, Virginia and the District, the projections said. And 800 disadvantaged children across the region would lose access to child care, the administration estimated.
Nearly $25 million in cuts would affect teachers, aides and staff who work with children with disabilities; at the college level, nearly 3,400 fewer low-
income students would receive aid and 1,790 fewer students would get work-study jobs, the White House said.
John Wagner contributed to this report.