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On January the firm for us now cuts that could claim.
More than 100000.
Jobs in Virginia alone congressman Randy Forbes Republican from Virginia joining us now congressman thank you for being here.
Let's look if if nothing is done in Washington to seaquest the automatic cuts -- -- -- in January.
And this is the outcome is being predicted you know thousands and thousands and thousands of jobs being missed.
And lost but the reality is we have to make spending cuts.
Do you agree that we should have at least some cuts in the area of defense.
Lastly there's -- -- question we should but we've already taken 487.
Billion dollars of cuts this would be another half trillion dollars of cuts.
And when you do that you always have to look at the economic impact as well as the strategic concerns of making those cuts.
From a strategic point of view it's absolutely catastrophic that's what sector defense has said.
But economically you're talking about the jobs in Virginia that could be over a 100000.
But nationwide we've had studies that suggest it'll be between one point one and two point one million jobs at a -- And that's -- overlay -- you know up 41 straight months already have unemployment over 8% interest.
These defense cuts are being done in an arbitrary in a manner and we need to put -- on the table and don't analysis before we just take this -- night to make these slashing cuts.
But it's actually mentioned the sequestration is -- and seems like nothing is happening so as you mentioned one point five to two million jobs are on the line now.
How do you get down there and convince these people that you work with day in day out that you know not.
The preamble of the constitution says -- -- Boston defend our country we actually this is that this is what we're supposed to do.
And -- we're looking at just cut dramatically cut it had -- some otherwise.
Well Tracy first of all you're absolutely correct that should be the number one priority for congress and for the federal government.
The House of Representatives actually has does not done something we passed a budget that would stop sequestration from taking place.
We pass that budget and we sent it over to the senate but so far the senate majority leader has said he will do nothing to stop it as refused to take any action at all.
And the president has said he will be nothing to stop -- what we're suggesting -- as if our proposals not the best -- -- the law that the house passed is not perfect.
But the senate take some action but we can't afford to wait until December the end of December and watch this go over the cliff with all these jobs that are at stake.
So congressman what kind of cuts are acceptable we are pulling back in Afghanistan and Iraq cut Democrats of course will say is somewhat sarcastically that this proves -- government spending does create jobs.
Well first of all actually V department -- is not in the job creation business and we -- not suggesting that.
The department defense should be set up for.
The creation of jobs what we're looking at is the national risks to the country.
The air force says that -- on the ragged edge in this -- Concern them as to whether or not we can maintain air superiority anymore the navy says -- put them at the lowest number of ships that we've had a hundred years.
Will be out -- -- in just eight years by the Chinese and submarines in the Pacific 78 to 32.
And we're talking about given a 150 to 200000 pink slips to active duty men and women in uniform.
That's like getting rid of the entire Marine Corps in one fell swoop that's just a bridge too far Republicans and Democrats alike.
Ought to be able to be committed to changing that.
It went up puts it on the line very clearly a representative Randy -- thank you so much for joining us we appreciate it.
Thank you actually -- -- It is a tough on because I know obviously we have to cut across the bowl but when is too much that's the quest.
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