Washington Could Ruin Washington

Federal spending cuts will mean fresh economic problems for the Washington, D.C., metro area.

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The same thing applies to the large amounts of federal spending that boosts the D.C. area, he says. More than Over 10 percent of all workers in the D.C. metro area are federal government employees, compared to around 2 percent for the nation as a whole.

Whether D.C. is due for some economic pain or not, one thing looks increasingly certain: It's on its way.

"If Congress puts off sequestration this year, other spending cuts are going to come later this year or next year anyway," Edwards says. "The Washington region will have to get used to it."

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  • CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article mistakenly attributed a report to the National Security Network. The report is from the Center for International Policy.