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March 5, 2013

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“The threat of a sequester should not be used as a tool to raise taxes, but instead as a mechanism to prompt smarter spending cuts — to take a good hard look at what in government is working and what is not,” Mullin said. “A more targeted approach to spending cuts would benefit defense facilities like the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant,” he said.

“The direct hit on defense programs is not a good method for this country. The ammunition plant is an extremely unique facility that performs a mission critical for this country’s national defense and it should not be subjected to a one-size-fits-all budget cut.

“The McAlester Ammunition Plant employs over 1,000 people in Pittsburg County alone, according to plant information,” Mullin said. “Employees at the plant also live in Atoka, Hughes, Pushmataha and other surrounding counties. The effects of these across-the-board cuts will be felt throughout the Second District. “I recently had the chance to visit the plant and saw first-hand the great work they do,” said Mullin.

“While Washington gets caught up in the blame game and throws big numbers around, what too often is forgotten are the real-world consequences that these cuts will mean to the families and the local communities.

“For the employees of the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant and for people across this country, the campaigning for higher taxes needs to stop and the hard work of making smart budget decisions needs to start — immediately.”

He also referred to the expected upcoming continuing resolution vote.

“With the continuing resolution vote, we’re going to give flexibility to military to make its own decision,” he said. “Oklahomans have seen through the ratcheted-up political rhetoric coming from both the White House and Congress. They are ready for the dysfunction to stop and for this country to get back on stable fiscal footing by making common-sense cuts to federal spending that do not threaten public safety, national defense or the economy.

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