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Protesters rally to fight against upcoming furloughs


More than 50 people frustrated with the recent news of the upcoming furloughs protested at Fort Hood Wednesday morning. Members of the American Federation of Government Employees gathered to show their displeasure with the furlough notices that were given out earlier in March.

Protestors assembled at the Marvin Leath Visitor Center at around 11:30 a.m. Many of them had signs showing their anger against U.S. Representative John Carter. Some of them don't believe that Carter has their best interest when it comes to the furloughs.

Protestors think it is unfair that workers at Fort Hood will be losing 20 percent of their pay due to the furloughs.

AFGE union president at Fort Hood, Cheryl Eliano, said, "We want them to repeal it because it is not helping anybody. It's doing more harm than help."

She went on to say that many workers rely on all of the paycheck they receive, and that 20 percent means a whole lot.

Wednesday Afternoon U.S. Representative John Carter gave his response to the protest.

"The fault for the current sequestration job losses lies entirely with President Obama and the Democrat-controlled Senate.  Sequestration itself was devised by the White House in 2011 as part of the Budget Control Act.   Since then, the Republican House has passed two bills to replace sequestration  - H.R. 5652, the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012; and H.R. 6684, The Spending Reduction Act of 2012 – both of which have been blocked by the Democrat Senate and a threatened veto by Obama.   Both of these bills would have prevented the damaging cuts we are experiencing today with commonsense savings spread across the federal budget.  These protesters should be calling the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to demand the Senate pass either of the House replacement bills.  As to these groups demanding Congress raise spending and taxes as a solution, they seem to have forgotten we're in this mess because Obama and his Democrats raised spending and taxes to begin with."  

The furlough period is expected to last 22 weeks starting April 22.

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