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Marine Corps Commandant stresses impact of sequestration

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Automatic spending cuts are being felt across the board, and now, Marine Corps Commandant James Amos is pleading to his troops to make every penny count.

In this video released on Friday, Amos told soldiers sequestration means "This is no time to do business as usual."

"Save every round, every gallon of gas."

"Take every aspect or opportunity in training to get the most bang for your buck," he said in the video.

In the video, Amos also urged Marines to realize they will have to continue to sacrifice and fight hard. He said the landscape has changed, and he wants soldiers to be conservative with assets and become part of the solution to the spending cuts. He also explained that soldiers can expect to see everything from decreased facility maintenance to gate hour changes. 

U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (GA-R) is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which met Tuesday for their annual open hearing on worldwide threats. The issue of sequestration was a significant one, and Chambliss told WTOC the Senate is working on a contending resolution that seeks to give more flexibility to the military with regards to how they achieve savings. He also applauded Amos' message.

"I think it shows good leadership on the Commandant's part. We've got to be more judicious in the way we spend federal tax money."

But on the other hand, Chambliss also said it's the Constitution calls on policy makers in Congress to provide for the national security of our country.

In the hearing today, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper said the cuts will be felt throughout the U.S. intelligence community. Those $85 billion cuts began on March 1.

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