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KENNER, La. - Friday is the day the government begins sequestration, meaning automatic budget cuts.

The government has to carve $85 billion in across-the-board budget cuts in discretionary spending from March 1 through the end of the fiscal year.

President Barack Obama has until midnight to sign the order that will trigger the cuts.

He is making one last effort with top congressional leaders to resolve the budget impasse. But, Congress has gone home for the weekend which makes an eleventh hour rescue unlikely.

In Southeast Louisiana, travelers at Armstrong International Airport will start to feel the sequester impact.

About $600 million is set to be cut from the Federal Transportation Department under the sequester.

Air traffic controller furloughs would have them taking off one to two days per pay period, which is a 10 to 20 percent budget cut for their individual families. This will result in fewer controllers in the tower, which may lead to longer flight delays in the major cities and have a ripple impact across the country.

There may also be fewer Transportation Security Administration agents to check bags, which could lead to longer waits for travelers.

The maximum impact the sequestration will have on air travel will be felt during the summer.

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