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Congressman Jack Kingston Reacts to Sequestration

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Without reaching a deal, many legislators made the long trip home tonight from Washington-- and brace for tough questions from their constituents.

Congressman Jack Kingston's First District could be especially hit hard because of cuts to the military.

News 3 caught up with the congressman as he arrived back home tonight at the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport.

He tells us he is frustrated and says this was not the outcome he was hoping for.

Back in 2010 Jack Kingston was one of the very first to suggest this idea of massive cuts across the board if the House and Senate could not get our budget under control.

Well since then, two other alternatives have been drafted-- one in May and the other in December-- but neither side is willing to budge.

With no hope of a last minute deal, federal programs are bracing for fallout-- but Kingston says the plan to soften the blow begins tomorrow.

"The military is going to take a 6 to 10 percent cuts. There will be some stress shown; there will be furloughs at Fort Stewart, but also off the post. So what we are trying to do is pass an appropriation bill that they can make the decisions they need to make to make sure our troops are ready, troops are trained and our equipment is in good order."

But Kingston says we are now at this point--not because of democrats and republicans fighting in the House-- but because foot dragging in the Senate and a lack of leadership in the White House.

"The Senate hasn't passed a budget for 4 years. It makes it very difficult for us to be able to use common sense solutions and I think this is a time that we have to work for what's best for America. Meanwhile, what we have seen from the President; he has been to Newport News, he has gone to Ohio, he has gone here, he's gone there; he's been golfing with Tiger Woods. We have not had the President call the leaders of Congress into the White House until tomorrow. The campaign is over."

Sequestration will cut 85 billion from the 1.7 trillion dollar deficit in the first year-- that equals about two percent.

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