Call it a perverse game of chicken or a kabuki dance but after much push-pull, the Republicans and Democrats have failed to reach a compromise that would avoid trillions in federal cuts.
It looks like Florida Gov. Rick Scott's sassy letter to the President didn't do much good after all.
The state will be hit with millions in cuts from education, early child development, environmental protection, military readiness, and public health as well as so many more programs.
As for South Florida, we've gathered some of the specific programs and agencies hit hardest in Dade and Broward Counties:
Python Control In Everglades
In addition to losing positions, imposing furloughs, closing wildlife refuges, and shutting down visitors centers, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said the cuts could also affect programs such as "<a href="http://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Government/Officials-decry-looming-budget-cuts-at-national-parks/">fighting the invasion of the invasive thistle weed in Yosemite National Park and the pythons in the Everglades National Park -- where they will gain a new toehold as a result</a>." The i<a href="http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/florida/howwework/stopping-a-burmese-python-invasion.xml">ncreasing population of burmese pythons, an invasive species, is thought to have severely diminished</a> various mammal populations over the last eight years. More pythons mean less native animals in the Everglades.
Feeding South Florida
Feeding South Florida, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/27/feeding-south-florida-don_n_1304257.html">the organization that worked to bring 30,000 pounds of South Beach Wine and Food Festival leftover to those in need</a>, is currently looking for private donations in anticipation of the federal cuts. "The meals have to come from somewhere," <a href="http://www.local10.com/news/Sequestration-to-impact-South-Florida/-/1717324/19092442/-/hoj837/-/index.html">Paco Velez, chief executive officer of Feeding South Florida told Local 10</a>.
If the cuts pass, <a href="http://www.local10.com/news/Sequestration-to-impact-South-Florida/-/1717324/19092442/-/hoj837/-/index.html">700 civilian employees at U.S. Southern Command in Doral will be forced</a> to take one day off a week from April 25 through the end of September. At Homestead Air Force Base, <a href="http://www.keysnet.com/2013/02/23/485370/sequester-would-hit-the-keys-big.html">300 civilian employees would be furloughed</a>. It affects <a href="http://www.keysnet.com/2013/02/23/485370/sequester-would-hit-the-keys-big.html">600 workers at Naval Air Station Key West</a>, where the 22-day furlough means a 22 percent reduction in pay. That 1,600 furloughed employees without even counting those who work for the U.S. Coastguard in South Florida.
Anticipating budget cuts, <a href="http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2013-02-27/elsentinel/fl-0228-released-inmates-sequester-20130228_1_david-caulkett-immigrant-advocates-criminal-immigrants">South Florida detention centers have started to release dozens of detained undocumented immigrants</a> who are now fitted with an ankle monitor.
<a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/22/3248616/south-florida-hospitals-could.html">The Florida Hospital Association estimates that Miami-Dade hospitals will lose $223.9 million</a> and Broward facilities $144.4 million in the next 10 years due to sequestration cuts. Specifically, Jackson Memorial Hospital could lose $30.6 million, Mount Sinai Medical Center $27.3 million, Holy Cross in Fort Lauderdale $23.8 million, and Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood could lose $21.4 million.
<a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/27/3256381/federal-budget-cuts-would-hit.html">Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said district will lose $20 million in 2013 alone. Reductions will include $10.3 less funding </a>for academic programs for economically disadvantaged students along with cuts to professional development and class size reduction programs and less ESL education.
Meals On Wheels
<a href="http://www.sun-sentinel.com/fl-q-a-public-impact-sequester-20130228,0,4295579.story?page=2">Broward Meals on Wheels dishes up 1.5 million meals a year and is hoping to avoid serving any less food</a> despite possible federal cuts. "We're not going to let that happen. By reducing expenses wherever we can, including not filling vacant positions, we've positioned ourselves to not have our senior citizens go hungry," said Mark Adler, executive director, said.
Progress on Everglades Restoration could drastically slow if not stop completely. "We will have to fight more than ever to keep these projects moving forward," <a href="http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2013-02-24/news/fl-sequestration-florida-effects-20130224_1_floridians-brace-defense-contractors-cutbacks/2">said Julie Hill-Gabriel, director of Everglades policy for Audubon Florida.</a> "There are a lot of priorities across the country. With these cuts, everybody will be fighting for their lives."
If Transportation Security Administration agents are forced to take furloughs like the rest of federal employees, it could mean <a href="http://www.sun-sentinel.com/fl-q-a-public-impact-sequester-20130228,0,4295579.story?page=1">longer lines at baggage at Miami International and Fort Lauderdale International airports</a>.