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February 4, 2013

Mullin says sequestration will happened

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He said he’s “95 percent sure” it will occur when the March 1 deadline hits.
“Government does not look at what is best,” Mullin said. He said the across-the-board cuts will be from 8 to 9 percent.
“It’s a crying shame to do that because there’s so many programs that’s worthless,’ Mullin said, referring to what he feels are government programs that could be cut to save money.
Now, he sees no strong will in Congress as a whole to stop sequestration from going into effect as scheduled.
“Unfortunately, it’s going to happen,” he said, at one point adding, “I’m sorry.”
Mullin also made a point of saying that he had never voted in favor of the sequestration measure.
The idea behind sequestration had supposedly been for the House and Senate to agree to such Draconian cuts in the budget that the two house of Congress would be forced to come to an agreement on lesser cuts on their own.
Sequestration had originally been set to go into effect after the first of the year, but Congress kicked it down the road until March 1, with the time in between supposedly to be used to come to an agreement before the deadline.
Now, some members of Congress are either ready to let the sequestration ball drop, or are saying it’s inevitable that it will occur.
It remains to be seen if those who are strongly opposed to sequestration will be able to stop it.
Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.

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