Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) dropped by Rockville on Monday for lunch with the Montgomery County Council, where much of the hour-long meeting focused on the looming federal government sequester.
Mikulski said she realized the effect across-the-board spending cuts and furloughs of federal workers could have on the county, home to 17 agencies, 32,000 employees and the many contracting firms that work with those agencies. There has been little recent movement on avoiding the sequester on Capitol Hill.
“If the federal government catches a cold, Montgomery County could catch pneumonia,” Mikulski said. The sequester kicks in on March 1.
Mikulski also told the council members “this county is the incubator of American innovation.”