WARNER ROBINS -- 8th District U.S. Rep. Austin Scott and a fellow Republican who visited Robins Air Force Base with him Monday both said they will join an effort to fight automatic spending cuts that would add another $500 billion in cuts to the Department of Defense.
The “supercommittee” charged with coming up with a plan for $1.2 trillion in cuts over the next decade appeared Monday to have given up. By not getting a plan to the Congressional Budget Office by the end of the day Monday, an automatic trigger will go in effect that will more than double the $465 billion in military cuts already in place.
Scott and U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, vowed to work to stop the automatic trigger from happening. If it does happen, it will likely mean more cuts at Robins as well as every other military base. The trigger is set to go into effect in 2013.
“We absolutely cannot let that happen,” Conaway said. “Austin and I are going to be in that group who are going to move heaven and earth to keep that from happening.”
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