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Poll: 40% willing to let budget cuts go through

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In seven days teachers will face jobs losses, emergency workers may be pulled back, and there could be longer lines at the airport.

That's what the White House says will happen if Congress doesn't stop automatic budget cuts known as the sequester.

On March 1st, the cuts will kick in, adding up to about $1.2 trillion over the next decade.  The government has started telling workers at dozens of federal agencies their jobs could be affected.

But a new poll finds 40 percent of Americans are willing to see the cuts go through if the president and Congress can't reach a budget deal. And some Republican lawmakers agree.

The painful cuts were designed to force lawmakers to find a better budget solution. They haven't. Congress is out of town and won't be back until Monday, leaving little time to make a deal.

The Defense Department faces the biggest cuts, and not just for troops and weapons. Some 700,000 civilian workers could feel the impact.

Sue Ann Falkenberg is an administrative assistant at a Naval school in California. The single mom is facing a 20 percent pay cut. Falkenberg is hoping Democrats and Republicans can reach a compromise soon.

Today, Democrats are holding an event to highlight how teachers in other workers could lose their jobs if the budget cuts go through.

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