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Martin Dempsey: Pentagon Taking $52B Hit From Sequestration, CR

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Gen. Martin Dempsey
Gen. Martin Dempsey

The Defense Department is absorbing a $52 billion cut due to effects from both sequestration and a short-term continuing resolution, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Sunday.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey made the comment during a joint interview with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” American Forces Press Service reports.

Dempsey said the Pentagon’s spending for fiscal year 2013 is already out of balance as the CR sets government spending at previous levels when Congress does not pass a budget, according to the report.

Karen Parrish writes Dempsey also said civilian employees will lose two days per pay period if they are furloughed, totaling a 20 percent pay cut for the rest of the year.


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