Sen. Thune: Expect budget cuts - KOTA Territory News

Sen. Thune: Expect budget cuts


A dangerous deadline is approaching, as billions of dollars in automatic federal spending cuts are just days away from being triggered.

If President Obama and members of Congress fails to reach a federal budget deal before Friday, budget cuts (known as sequestration) will automatically trigger $85 billion dollars in across-the-board spending cuts.

South Dakota's U.S. Republican Senator John Thune says he expects the cuts will be implemented.
He says he believes federal leaders will meet afterward to redistribute some of those cuts.

In South Dakota, the potential cuts would have the greatest impact on defense funding, and education programs, like Head Start.

South Dakota would also lose roughly $24 million dollars a year in federal funding.

Thune says Republicans are working on a solution, but many people in Rapid City aren't convinced.
"They can use more discretion and maybe trim lower priority programs that don't affect basic core programs that people depend up and rely upon," said Senator Thune.
"Maybe they need to make more cuts in Congress and pay them less money to get this going. There's lot of other ways to do it I think," said Linda Shoemaker, of Rapid City.
The $85 billion in spending cuts will be part of the first wave of cuts to span over ten years.

All together, those cuts will add up to $1.2 trillion dollars.

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