Ohio Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) was at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Monday. He was there to talk about ongoing operations at the base, and how Friday’s looming sequestration cuts might affect Wright-Patt.
Portman said the President’s proposed $85 billion dollars in across-the-board spending cuts over the next 7 months would be detrimental to national defense and what he called ‘the federal government’s vital operations.
There is one week left to avoid sequestration, or the automatic spending cuts that will take effect March 1 if President Obama and Congress cannot reach a deal. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, area business and those in the defense industry are bracing for furloughs that could impact the 13,000 civilian employees, which could have a ripple effect on the local economy. Jessica Wehrman joins Emily McCord for this week's PoliticsOhio. She's a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch based in Washington, D.C., and her stories appear in the Dayton Dailys News.
Business owners and officials of cities surrounding Wright Patterson Air Force Base say they are increasingly uneasy about possible furloughs brought on by sequestration.
Wright-Patterson Air could furlough up to 13,000 civilian employees for 22 days beginning in April if Congress and President Barack Obama fail to avert sequestration, or automatic defense and domestic spending reductions set to begin March 1st.
The Pentagon said Wednesday that those civilian employees could be notified by mid-March.