Spending cuts Americans will feel the most

Published On: Feb 21 2013 12:18:02 PM CST   Updated On: Mar 01 2013 01:46:17 PM CST

With no deal in place in Congress, $85 billion in sweeping federal spending cuts will take effect today, targeting everything from defense to education. Here's where Americans will really feel the impact of the cuts.

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Food and workplace safety. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which ensures safe workplaces and investigates accidents on the job would lose about 1,200 inspections, diminishing its oversight. The forced cuts could also affect food safety -- there could be up to 2,100 fewer food inspections if the cuts are implemented. This could lead to a shortage of meat in our markets, as the sale of unchecked meat is prohibited. There could be a shortage by as much as 2 billion pounds of meat, 3 billion pounds of chicken, 200 million pounds of eggs.

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