Automatic budget cuts include major military reductions and could affect workers at a Rockford contractor.
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Congressman Adam Kinzinger took a tour of SupplyCore, meeting with employees and learning how the large spending cuts known as the sequester, could freeze employment for the local company. According to its website, SupplyCore is among the top 20 small businesses nationally doing business with the U.S. Department of Defense. Both lawmakers say, tours like this, show what could happen beyond just the raw numbers.
16th District Representative Adam Kinzinger comments what needs to be priority. "You can see the real effects that are going to hit the area if sequestration is allowed to happen, localizes it me the bigger problem which to me is national defenses are a priority, we need to make it a priority in our expenditures."
17th District Representative Cheri Bustos says this isn't the time to go home. "We've got sequestration facing us, these severe budget cuts that are going to impact really every corner of our congressional district, every corner of our state, every section of America. We need to be out in Washington and getting the country's work done, and Speaker Boehner chose to send us all home."
The automatic budget cuts go into effect March 1st.
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