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Local politician introduces bill to help with military cuts

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Billions are expected to be cut from the Department of Defense budget. But, two new bills introduced by a local congressman, might help make these cuts a little less rough.

"The facts are, the president and The Senate did not cooperate with The House and did not take the necessarily actions to prevent the sequester," said U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas.

President Barack Obama and Washington D.C. leaders failed to reach an agreement Friday to prevent automatic spending cuts of $85 billion dollars across U.S. departments.

The Pentagon will take the hardest hit, cutting $12 billion out of its budget.

"The Obama sequester is bad for America. It's bad for our military and Ft. Hood," said Williams. "There's no getting around it. Good programs are going to be cut, good people are going to be furlough, and I personally blame President Obama and his failed leadership."

U.S. Congressmen John Carter, R-Texas and Williams met with Ft. Hood leaders to discuss an alternative action.

As chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Carter has proposed two bills to help the military make it through these cuts.

"We in the Appropriations Committee, with the leadership of Hall Rogers, have come up with a fix for these sequestration problems as it relates to our military," said Carter. 

These bills will help lessen the cuts or overturn them. This means, under the two bills, the military can decide to cut from the appropriate areas where they feel they'll need it the most. Under sequestration only, everything must be cut equally throughout the department.

"The army needs to move money around. So, we're going to pass these bills for the rest of the government for defense. We are going to pass an appropriations bill," said Carter.

The two appropriation bills need to be passed through The House and Senate, and signed by President Obama. Carter is sure he will get bipartisan support. 

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