Sen. Deb Fischer opposes allowing the automatic budget cuts to go through, especially those cuts that would slash military spending.
Fischer points out even Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has warned against allowing the so-called sequester cuts to go through.
“And when you have the administration’s Secretary of Defense saying that those are devastating cuts, that they are a bullet to the head, that needs to be taken seriously,” Fischer tells reporters.
The so-called sequestration was attached to budget reduction legislation in an effort to force Congress to cut spending. If Congress won’t act, deep automatic budget cuts go into effect. The automatic cuts total approximately $1 billion to be split evenly between defense and domestic spending.
Fischer says the Department of Defense, which has already been cut by the Obama Administration, cannot absorb a $500 billion cut to its budget.
“I’m very concerned about sequester cuts to the Department of Defense. As I said in how it affects our current military, those active service personnel, how it affects our veterans and how it affects our country being able to stand and protect the citizens of the United States,” Fischer says.
Congress has until March 1st to act.