WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDTN) - On the day furloughs went into effect at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Ohio Congressman Mike Turner (R-10th district) was quick to point out he had voted against sequestration and he's supported House bills that replace it. 2 NEWS spoke with him via satellite, something for which his office paid.
Turner said, "This is not a way to reduce spending and this certainly puts us at greater risk."
At risk because according to Congressman Mike Turner, 50% of the automatic cuts we are now experiencing fall into the defense category , though defense spending makes up less than 18% of what the federal government spends.
"To do this on the backs of those who get up everyday and protect our national security is just wrong," said Turner.
Turner told 2 NEWS Dayton is the one bearing the brunt of this. He said he's already heard from car dealers and restaurant owners about the devastating impact of the cuts that make people afraid to spend money, and he doesn't see conditions changing soon.
"The Senate has taken up no bills, no debate. While they've been doing immigration debate, there are people waiting for sequestration at Wright-Patt with no action by the Senate. The House cannot do it alone, we can lead, we can pass bills, we can show how it can be done, but this is the President's plan, and just like Obamacare, it cannot be stopped unless the President takes action," Turner stated.
Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown voted for the Budget Control Act which allowed for sequestration. He was not available for interview this day, but 2 NEWS plans to speak with him later this week.
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