WASHINGTON - Officials say if Washington does not settle its bitter budget standoff, funding could be cut for Long Island Sandy victims.

The White House warns that if Congress doesn't stop forced spending cuts by Friday, $3 billion could be cut from Hurricane Sandy aid. In addition, $27 million could be sliced out of the 9/11 Zadroga health fund.

Officials warn there could be deep cuts to education and $650,000 government workers could suffer unpaid days off.

Republicans call the White House warnings "political theater.”

President Obama says Republicans aren't willing to compromise. 

Critics ask why Congress hasn't approved a complete budget in four years.