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Sequestration: What It Means For Social Security

Mandated budget cuts coming effective Friday could have an impact in Prince George's County.

First it was the "Fiscal Cliff"....Now "Sequestration" gets to take center stage. 

Gov. Martin O’Malley urged action in Washington Wednesday to avoid federal sequestration—a series of automatic cuts that threaten job creation and reduce vital services for families and children in Maryland and across the nation.

The Washington Post published this handy guide on the sequestration.

“These are job-killing cuts that are an economic threat to Maryland,” O'Malley said in a statement. “Too many moms and dads in our State will lose jobs, too many children will lose access to programs like Head Start, and too many of our most vulnerable Marylanders will lose assistance from the safety net we’ve worked so hard to protect."

The mandated federal spending cuts would take effect Friday if Congress and President Obama cannot reach an agreement, but it will not include cuts to entitlement programs like Social Security.

But that doesn't mean Social Security is immune to the situation, and it could have an impact on the agency's Prince George's County office in Suitland, MD.

According to CNBC:

"The Social Security Administration would have to furlough workers for ten days or more. That would likely delay the processing of retirement and disability claims and a smaller staff would mean offices would be closed early or permanently, resulting in longer wait times for service. Social Security checks are still expected to be mailed."

The Baltimore Sun reports the cuts would leave people who call the agency's hotline on hold for 10 minutes and delay some disability decisions by a month.

Tell Us: How will you be affected by the sequestration?

JustABill February 27, 2013 at 08:10 PM
BREAKING NEWS ... The Sky Is Falling! ... The Sky Is Falling! ... The Sky Is Falling!
tcmitssr February 28, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Given that the President has already received his tax increases and reneged on his promise of spending cuts, Congress, via both parties and in the Senate as well as the House, should permit sequestration to begin. It is up to the President to now fairly "meet in the middle" with the Republicans. Also, for the record, Obama did not get a mandate in his re-election. We elected divided government, particularly on a Congressional district basis. The House Republicans have a co-equal mandate, as much as the President does. Both should "give and take" however the President has already taken and now it is time for him to give, particularly in terms of welfare driven programs and I'm not speaking about either Social Security or Medicare.
Not Perfect March 01, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Let us not be so quick to accept media info as truth. They earn their living by keeping us at odds with one another through manipulations of human emotions and distortions of "facts".

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