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Congressman Kingston speaks out about sequestration

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Congressman Jack Kingston Congressman Jack Kingston
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

There is only one day left before $85 billion in widespread forced spending cuts begin. As expected, a sharply divided Senate voted Thursday afternoon to reject alternative plans put forward by Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Senator Reid wanted to place new taxes on millionaires and cut agriculture subsidies and defense spending. Republicans object to new defense cuts and are against new taxes. WTOC spoke with Congressman Jack Kingston Thursday at the airport.

"We are ready to look at whatever they send back to us. We want this to be as painless as possible and in our area the military is going to take a six to seven percent cut. There will be some furloughs and there will be some stress shown, particularly at Fort Stewart but also off post," said Kingston.

President Obama and several Capitol Hill leaders are scheduled to meet Friday but hope for progress are low.

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