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Mayors Lobby Congress to Avoid Budget Effect on Cities

Big-city mayors warned that allowing automatic U.S. spending cuts to take effect next year would jeopardize municipal finances and job-producing water and sewer projects.

Across-the-board spending cuts of about $110 billion, equally affecting defense and non-defense programs, would begin in January if Congress and President Barack Obama can’t agree on a plan late this year to avert them.