Budget ax hangs over U.S.

No deal on horizon; cuts due to kick in Friday

Posted: February 24, 2013 at 4:16 a.m.

National Governors Association Chairman Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware, left, with Vice Chariman Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma speaks during a news conference at the NGA Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. The nation's governors say their states are threatened if the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts known as the sequester take effect March 1. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

In the first week of March, a laid-off person living on $300 a week in unemployment benefits is liable to find a surprise in the mailbox: notification from Uncle Sam that come April the check will be $33 lighter.

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