FBI Director James Comey is pictured earlier this month during his swearing-in ceremony at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Newly minted FBI Director James Comey speaks at a swearing-in ceremony last week at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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In May, the Housing and Urban Development agency closed for a day, as employees were placed on furlough. The HUD and other agencies were reportedly forced to take a fraction of the furlough days that had been threatened earlier in 2013. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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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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On Tuesday, President Obama urged congressional action to prevent automatic spending cuts scheduled to begin on March 1. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Landov hide caption

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President Obama, accompanied by emergency responders — workers the White House says could be affected if state and local governments lose federal money as a result of budget cuts — speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office building in Washington on Tuesday. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Spending cuts that are part of the looming sequester could cause big job losses in defense and other industries. U.S. Navy/Getty Images hide caption

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