Chronicle of Higher Education: Unless Congress can agree on how to implement $1.2 trillion in budget cuts, a package of automatic cuts will go into effect in January 2013. A significant portion of those cuts will be to education programs at all levels. Local teaching positions, research grants, and student financial aid and healthcare could all suffer significant losses. The automatic cuts are part of what was supposed to be a temporary agreement created during the congressional budget dispute in August 2011. As the deadline approaches, pressure is mounting in Congress to redistribute the cuts away from both education and defense.