WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Congress will not be immune to the automatic cuts in federal spending scheduled to kick in Friday.
But for all the grim warnings the Obama administration has detailed about the effect on everything from meat packing plants to airports, the consequences of the cuts on the politicians who concocted the idea are much sketchier.
White House spokesman Jay Carney says "there will be furloughs" at the White House. But he says details are still being worked out.
President Barack Obama himself won't be among those affected. Included in the law's long list of exemptions to the cuts is the compensation of the president.
Also exempt are the pensions of former presidents and payments to the widows and heirs of deceased members of Congress.