California could lose 64,000 defense jobs if looming federal budget cuts start to take effect this week, the White House warned.
The administration released a state-by-state breakdown of how $85 billion in spending reductions will play out if lawmakers fail to reach a deal. The cuts are due to begin Friday.
The budget cuts stem from the "sequester," which Congress passed and the president signed in 2011 as a way to force themselves to find more palatable federal spending reductions. Because no agreement was reached, across-the-board spending cuts will take a toll on domestic and military programs.
Few people support across-the-board reductions, but lawmakers appear powerless to find a way around them -- at least for now. Recent polls have shown that the public is more likely to blame Republicans if the cuts take effect.