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February 27, 2013

Sequestration at McAAP

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He maintained that so far one employee had been terminated at McAAP in relation to the pending sequestration budget cuts. With that one exception, Jackson said no other McAAP employees have been given formal notice regarding termination in connection with sequestration.

“Furloughs would be a last resort,” Jackson said earlier. “That decision would be made by the secretary of the Army.” President Barack Obama and Congress agreed to the sequestration cuts in 2011 as part of an agreement to raise the debt ceiling to keep government operating.

The idea supposedly had been to put across-the-board cuts into place that would be so drastic that the president and Congress would have to act before the sequestration went into effect, and agree on less severe cuts. So far, that hasn’t happened.

If sequestration does go into effect, there are still procedures which will be retained, according to Jackson. “We will not do anything to jeopardize safety,” Jackson said.

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