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US Senator Isakson talks sequestration at Fort Gordon

"Sequestration is a poison pill that we passed thinking that Congress would never turn its back on its responsibility, but Congress did," said US Senator Johnny Isakson.

Senator Isakson got a first-hand look of how government spending cuts are impacting Fort Gordon while touring the installation Thursday morning.

"What you ought do is prioritize your cuts where it does the least damage to the United States of America and the role of the federal government, and that would mean you do the least damage possible to the United States military," Senator Isakson said.

But that damage is already taking a toll on Fort Gordon's civilian employees: forcing it's civilian employees to take a furlough days. Just a few weeks ago, Fort Gordon was able to reduce the number of days workers had to take off after the Pentagon found they had enough savings for the 2013 fiscal year. But employees say the anxiety of being furloughed is mounting up again, as the Department of Defense's budget for the 2014 fiscal year could be reduced by $50 billion dollars.

"It's very sad because you're used to a certain level of income, and now you have to think about how I'm going to make it!" said Christina Clarke, a furloughed employee.

Senator Isakson says the military's anxiety is fueled by the cross-the-board spending cuts. And as he heads back to Washington, he says in the next year Congress will find a way to end sequestration, but continue manage spending to reduce the county's debt and deficit.

"Sequestration is a poison pill that we passed thinking that Congress would never turn its back on its responsibility, but Congress did."

Senator Johnny Isakson got a first-hand look of how government spending cuts are impacting Fort Gordon while touring the installation Thursday morning.

"What you ought do is prioritize your cuts where it does the least damage to the United States of America and the role of the federal government, and that would mean you do the least damage possible to the United States military."

But that damage is already taking a toll on Fort Gordon's civilian employees: forcing it's civilian employees to take a furlough days. Just a few weeks ago, Fort Gordon was able to reduce the number of days workers had to take off after the Pentagon found they had enough savings for the 2013 fiscal year. But employees say the anxiety of being furloughed is mounting up again, as the Department of Defense's budget for the 2014 fiscal year could be reduced by $50 billion dollars.

"It's very sad because you're used to a certain level of income, and now you have to think about how I'm going to make it!"

Senator Isakson says the military's anxiety is fueled by the cross-the-board spending cuts. And as he heads back to Washington, he says in the next year Congress will find a way to end sequestration, but continue manage spending to reduce the county's debt and deficit.
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