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Sequester hurts military families

April 12, 2013
The Daily Mining Gazette

I applaud Secretary of Defense Hagel for taking a pay cut, in solidarity with Pentagon workers being furloughed because of the Federal budget sequester, but it doesn't have to be this way, nor should it.

Because of Congress' inaction, and unwillingness to ask millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share, the sequester is affecting the military's ability to properly train troops. With North Korea making aggressive moves, Iran still determined to develop nuclear capabilities, and troops still in Afghanistan, we can ill afford a force that isn't trained properly for any mission at a moment's notice, right now.

Add to it that the sequester is also cutting programs our troops have earned, like the Military's Tuition Assistance program, and it is clear that Congress must act to end the sequester, for our own security, and the well being of the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect us, including my son-in-law, a U.S. Marine.

Brian Hoduski




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