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Beaufort DOD Employee Nervous As Sequester Nears

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BEAUFORT, S.C. -

Bob Cannon likes what Beaufort has to offer, but as an employee of the Department of Defense, furloughs through sequestration are going to cut into his budget, leaving him little money for the fun stuff.

 

"The first thing you look at is, where are we going to spend that money?," Cannon said.  "So my wife and I won't go out to dinner as much, we won't go out to Walmart, that's where you're going to find the money is your entertainment fund," he said.

 

Cannon is one of about a thousand in this area who could lose around 20-25 percent of their pay for 22 weeks through a one-day-a-week furlough.  Earlier this week, the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, which has 600 civilian employees, expressed they operate as a team and are keeping their civilian workers informed of any info they get.  While Cannon, who won't disclose where he works, feels this furlough is inevitable, he's believes there is another solution.

 

"We have elected officials in congress and we put them there to participate in the best interest of the public," Cannon said.  "What they need to do is go to the bargaining table, hammer out a budget that we haven't had for a while, all this sequestration and furlough business will be done."

 

Cannon is part of the American Federation of Government Employees. 

Earlier this week, he and 50 others met in Beaufort about how this sequestration will impact them. 

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