Budget Crisis: Across-the-Board Cuts Imminent

Huge cuts in government programs could mean longer waits at the airport.
2:25 | 02/22/13

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We're going to turn to the latest budget crisis in washington that could start affecting your family in just seven days. That's when the across-the-board cuts in government kick in. And the costs could pile up quickly. Jon karl is at the white house with the details. Good morning, jon. Reporter: One week away. And there are lots of dire will mean. But one of the most visible ways most americans will see their impact will come sometime during the spring travel season. When it comes to air travel, the first thing we'll all see are longer lines at airport security. Expect 10% fewer tsa agents on the job. To cut its budget, the security agency will ask each of i agents to take unpaid days off. One prominent budget expert told us, it could get really bad. You guys are going out to reagan airport. And they to wait three hours to get through security. There will be enough pressure that the american people will say, we have had enough of this. Reporter: It's not just security lines. The cuts will mean fewer air traffic controllers, which will mean less traffic in the skies. And, you guessed it, more time on the runway waiting to take off. You might want to rethink trips overseas. Without a budget deal, there could be fewer border control and customs agents. And the department of homeland security says, lines as long as three or four hours at immigration and customs. Despite the dire warnings and inability to reach an agreement, the spending cuts represent only a fraction of total spending. With the cuts, the federal government will spend about $15 billion more this year than it spent last year. The spending cuts go into effect one week from today. But their impact won't be felt right away. First, the government must give employees 30 days notice before they take one unpaid day off a week. That means you're really going to see the impact some time in april. Those cuts could be in for some time. The president made phone calls to congressional leaders last night. But no real progress on negotiations. Reporter: We've been asking, why isn't the president talking to republican leaders. He finally did. My understanding was these calls were a reiteration of position. And there's no command ground right now. No sign of agreement on the horizon. Jon karl, thanks very much.

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