Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell sent a letter to President Obama on Feb. 19, 2013 urging him to follow through with his campaign promise to avert the cuts to federal spending.The 2011 Budget Control Act that would disproportionally affect many Virginia residents especially those in the military and private defense contracting sectors.The Defense sequestration, used as a means to combat the fiscal cliff, would cut up to $85 billion in defense funding once a finalized version would become active on March 1, 2013. The effect from the sequestration would impact states all over the country, but would have a greater impact on Virginia. Hampton Roads has the largest concentration of military facilities in the world and around 900,000 defense workers who may loose jobs.During the recent meetings between President Obama and Congress, Obama has been using the sequestration deadline of March 1, 2013 as a leveraging tool in order to get the two parties in Congress to agree on a better solution.Little is known about the potential impacts of the sequestration. Originally, the Department of Defense began to plan for the sequestration back in December 2012, a month before the original deadline of the sequestration on Jan.2, 2013. The delay was provided by the passing of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which allowed time for further negotiations between the federal government and state officials.