FILE - In this July 24, 2012 file photo, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. It's not just the Pentagon and defense contractors that face a funding crisis from broad government spending cuts in January. Domestic programs are on the chopping block too, in ways that could affect average Americans more. Fewer air traffic controllers, border guards, FBI agents and park rangers would be on the job as furloughs sweep across the government. Less meat might get inspected, and fewer people would get winter heating subsidies (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

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FILE - In this July 24, 2012 file photo, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. It's not just the Pentagon and defense contractors that face a funding crisis from broad government spending cuts in January. Domestic programs are on the chopping block too, in ways that could affect average Americans more. Fewer air traffic controllers, border guards, FBI agents and park rangers would be on the job as furloughs sweep across the government. Less meat might get inspected, and fewer people would get winter heating subsidies  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
FILE - In this July 24, 2012 file photo, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. It's not just the Pentagon and defense contractors that face a funding crisis from broad government spending cuts in January. Domestic programs are on the chopping block too, in ways that could affect average Americans more. Fewer air traffic controllers, border guards, FBI agents and park rangers would be on the job as furloughs sweep across the government. Less meat might get inspected, and fewer people would get winter heating subsidies (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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