"This is going to be serious in my district. I have two big Air Force bases with about 5,000 civilian employees that are going to be furloughed 20 percent of the time," Garamendi said. "So immediately, there's a major hit on those families, they're going to lose 20 percent of their income."
But some Republicans are accusing Democrats of making much ado about nothing. After President Obama signed a $787 billion stimulus package in his first term, Richvale Republican Congressman Doug LaMalfa says surely the budget can handle an $80 billion haircut this year."We can't even do $85 (billion)? So it's a pretty disingenuous argument," he said.
LaMalfa wants Congress to redirect the budget cuts - keeping the same dollar amount, just reprioritizing them. But he says sequestration is a down payment on the nation's $16 trillion debt.
"We do have to show, at some point, some fiscal discipline here," LaMalfa said.
Democrats continue to demand more revenue to get the budget in order, which leaves the two parties right where they've been for sometime: gridlocked.