The latest victims of sequestration, the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts that went into effect in March, were 650,000 civilian workers at the Department of Defense, who began experiencing furloughs on Monday. But already children have been kicked out of Head Start, the elderly are receiving fewer meals from Meals on Wheels, low-income families are losing access to public housing, and some public schools have been devastated by the cuts.
While some have asserted that the impact of the sharp decrease in funding has been more muted than initially anticipated, it’s clear that plenty of Americans are feeling the pain directly. A new map from the Center for American Progress tracks the many ways communities are experiencing the cuts:
Overall, this year’s $85 billion in cuts will impact many important programs. Yet even in the face of these real life consequences, some Republican lawmakers have expressed their approval of sequestration as a way to reduce government spending.