The impact of sequestration will be widespread but it won't be immediate.
Federal workers will be notified of furloughs next week. They will lose up to 20 percent of their paycheck for several months. Due to notification requirements, furloughs would not begin until April.
The deadline could give negotiators breathing room to work on a deal.
Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist for The Washington Post, discussed federal furloughs with Capital Insider.