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McMahon: Two Month Delay Brings New Sequestration Effects

Retired Major General Robert McMahon, now CEO of the 21st Century Partnership, says Congress only scraped the surface with their New Years Day deal.

"We've yet to deal with the bottom-line issue of how we're going to get our spending under control and how we're going to deal with the deficit we've created, which is still that number one national security issue," he says.

Although Congress put off sequestration for another 60 days, he says that could mean more trouble for the 23,000 Robins Air Force Base employees if the delayed deadline is not met.

Sequestration is the across-the-board budget cuts that kick in unless Congress agrees to a more detailed debt-cutting plan.

If those cuts happen, that would only give the Department of Defense seven months to handle a $54 billion budget cut, instead of nine months.

"The easiest way to absorb a cut of that size that quickly is in personnel reductions, whether it's furloughs or cuts, that's where we would see that take place," says McMahon. "That's why I'm as concerned as I am, not only about the defense but across the board in all the services provided by our government, especially in a place like Warner Robins, or Robins Air Force Base, where it is a predominantly civilian workforce, because the President said it's not going to affect those in uniform."

That means security for the 7,000 military men and women at Robins, but not for all of the 16,000 civilian employees.

McMahon says sequestration would also take $50 billion from discretionary non-defense spending, which includes things like education, law enforcement, and environmental protection.

He says those parts of the government would face the same problem of absorbing the cut over a shorter period of time.


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