The Washington Times-Herald

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February 28, 2013

Crane to lose $36 mil in sequester

Furloughs are very likely

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WASHINGTON —

Political leaders in Indiana and in Washington D.C. are watching closely on what to see what happens. At the statehouse in Indianapolis, a press secretary to Gov. Mike Pence said his administration will replace sequestration with responsible cuts.

“Because we continually work hard in Indiana to make government more efficient, we are confident that our affected agencies - including the Indiana National Guard - can manage through the sequester reductions,” the statement said.

On the federal level, Sen. Joe Donnelly said in a conference call he wants to see a flexibility package made for the defense cuts, giving the Pentagon the discretion to make the cuts where they want them, instead of across-the-board cuts.

Such action, Donnelly said, would help Crane. The junior senator said he has talked with Adm. Jon Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations. The two were part of a tour of Crane last December with Sen. Dan Coats.

“(Greenert) said to me ‘Look, I understand and the Navy understands that Crane is a crown jewel,’” Donnelly said.

Sen. Coats said in a statement he voted against the original sequester bill because it “falsely assumes that all federal programs are equal and therefore all programs should be cut equally.”

“A more responsible way to govern is to separate the essential functions of government from the programs that are duplicative, unnecessary or unaffordable to find ways to reduce spending and save taxpayer dollars.”

Coats went on to say President Barack Obama should agree to “responsible, targeted alternative spending reductions.”

In the House, Eighth District Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Newburgh, released a list of things to know about the sequester and said the House passed two funding bills to take the place of the sequester. Bucshon has said  President Barack Obama has resorted to scare tactics, but he is waiting like many others.

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