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Under sequestration, federal agencies don't have the flexibility to choose to spare popular programs or services by making administrative cuts elsewhere. Tatiana Popova /iStockphoto.com hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, discusses the sequester Tuesday on Capitol Hill. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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President Obama speaks Tuesday about the sequester in Newport News, Va. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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The U.S. Capitol is seen Tuesday, three days before the government sequester is scheduled to begin. It would require $85 billion in across-the-board government spending cuts over the next seven months, but would not target specific programs. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Advocates for and against stronger gun laws demonstrate in the Pennsylvania Capitol on Jan. 23 in Harrisburg, Pa. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (left) answers questions during a briefing with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Friday. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner held a news conference Feb. 13 in which Republicans promoted the hashtag #Obamaquester to blame President Obama for automatic spending cuts set to kick in March 1. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Newly sworn-in U.S. citizens recite the Pledge of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony in Baltimore in 2012. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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George Washington is depicted addressing the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in this painting by Junius Brutus Stearns. Presumably, no representative from Rhode Island is in the picture; Rhode Island boycotted the gathering and originally rejected the Constitution. AP hide caption

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