WASHINGTON --Education and defense would be among the biggest losers in Pennsylvania under automatic cuts to the federal budget set to take hold this week, according to a report the White House issued as it seeks to avoid the impending economic fallout.
The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers released Sunday reflect the impact of the cuts this year on every state. Unless Congress acts by Friday, $85 billion in cuts are set to take effect from March to September.
As to whether states could move money around to cover shortfalls, the White House said that depends on state budget structures and the specific programs.
Gov. Tom Corbett has said the cuts would be a loss of about $240 million for Pennsylvania, and officials have said repeatedly any federal money lost would not be replaced by state funds.
Placing blame: Also Sunday, congressional Republicans and Democrats kept up the sniping over who's to blame for the situation.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said on "Fox News Sunday" there was little hope to dodge the cuts "unless the Republicans are willing to compromise and do a balanced approach."
No so fast, Republicans interjected.
"I think the American people are tired of the blame game," Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said on CBS' "Face the Nation."
Yet just a moment before, she was blaming President Barack Obama for putting the country on the brink of massive spending cuts that were initially designed to be so unacceptable that Congress would strike a grand bargain to avoid them.
The $85 billion budget mechanism could affect everything from commercial flights to school classrooms to meat inspections.
The cuts would slash from domestic and defense spending alike, leading to furloughs for hundreds of thousands of government workers and contractors.
Pa. losses: According to the White House, the figures show Pennsylvania would lose:
---About $26.4 million in primary and secondary education funding, putting around 360 teacher and aide jobs at risk.
---About $21.4 million in funds for about 260 teachers, aides and staff who help children with disabilities.
---Money for Head Start and Early Head Start services for about 2,300 children.
---More than $5.7 million to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste.
---More than $1.4 million in grants for fish and wildlife protection.
---About 26,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $150.1 million.
---About $7 million to operate Army bases.
---About $361,000 for vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B, affecting about 5,280 children.
---More than $1.2 million to respond to public health threats such as infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear and radiological events.
---About $2.9 million to help prevent and treat substance abuse.
---About $509,000 for law enforcement, prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.
---About $849,000 to provide meals for seniors.