Jim Inhofe is worried about the effects sequestration cuts will have on national defense and especially here in Oklahoma.
"Up to 27,000 civilian employees connected with the military units" Inhofe began. "Most of those are actually in Tinker (AFB), I think 16,000 would be in Tinker" the senator finished.
Inhofe told us those workers won't be fired but their paychecks will take a hit.
"That would be the mandatory furlough," Inhofe noted. That means the workers will be forced to take unpaid days off as the year goes along.
Inhofe had sharp words for the President when it comes to the lack of attention he has paid a bill Inhofe and Senator Pat Toomey have put forth.
"This veto threat simply continues the sad and broken narrative of President Obama that the only way to protect our national security and critical federal services is by asking hardworking Americans to pay more taxes. But sequestration is not about taxes. Sequestration is a law solely focused on cutting federal spending, and that must be the focus of this debate. By issuing his veto threat, the President shows that he is more focused on tired, political rhetoric and blaming others than demonstrating the leadership required to address our nation's fiscal crisis."
Sens. Inhofe and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today introduced S.16, a bill to grant flexibility to the Office of Management and Budget for the full $85 billion in sequestration cuts for the rest of fiscal year 2013. The bill also grants the Department of Defense (DoD) transfer authority during the Continuing Resolution. For more information on S.16, please click here.