UNDATED (CBS) - There's just one week left until the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester kick in. But the cuts will have an impact that's felt well beyond the first of March.
With Congress out of town, President Obama called the Republican leaders Thursday to talk about the sequester. It's the first time the three men have talked since start of the year. Former Congressman Jim Nussle says, "Both sides, I think, aren't really making a move and both sides look bad in the process."
Both sides look bad to Seaside Heights, New Jersey Mayor Bill Akers. He says, "You're always nervous the way these guys do business."
He's trying to get his town ready for the coming summer tourist season after Hurricane Sandy devastated the resort town. And now it faces another blow, this one from Washington. The budget cuts called sequestration could result in a drop in Sandy related assistance. Aker says, "Where do I have to cut the services; gonna be the protection? Gonna be the garbage pickup? Maybe I don't do a road this year.. where's it end?"
And those cuts are likely to spread from Washington to communities across the country. Tom Kiernan, president of the National Parks Conservation Association says, "The parks are economic engines throughout much of our country."
Tom Kiernan is a head lobbyist for the America's national parks. The park service will also see budget cuts beginning March 1. He says, "You better believe there are going to be fewer visitors, unfortunately, going to the bed and breakfast near the park or going to the restaurant or staying in the hotels."
And those that do show up may have a less majestic view of places like Yosemite and the Grand Canyon. Kiernan says, "The bathrooms will probably not be cleaned as often. The trash will probably not be picked up as often."
Washington has one week left to pick up its own mess. Some on Capitol Hill believe the March 1 deadline isn't a hard deadline because most of the budget cuts will be phased in gradually over seven months.