KITTERY, Maine (AP) — In Washington, they're playing the blame game. But workers at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard are worried about paying their bills because Congress hasn't taken action to avert huge federal spending cuts.
Almost the entire workforce, a community of more than 5,000 along the Maine and New Hampshire seacoast, may lose the equivalent of a month's pay.
Sweeping cuts are going into effect across the country, and mandatory furloughs for the Navy's 186,000 civilian workers are scheduled to begin in April.
There is a huge ripple effect feared for workers and the businesses they support in military communities from coast to coast.
President Barack Obama has invited congressional leaders to discuss the issue with him Friday.