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Sen. Jim Inhofe wants flexibility for Pentagon if deep cuts occur

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, introduced a bill to allow military leaders to shift funding among various accounts to blunt the impacts of cuts scheduled to take effect in March
by Chris Casteel Published: January 31, 2013

An analysis prepared for Inhofe on the worst-case scenario for Oklahoma's military bases warned that thousands of civilians would be furloughed, flight training and artillery training curtailed and aircraft maintenance at Tinker Air Force Base's massive repair depot scaled back dramatically.

Inhofe said he was worried about the impact furloughs would have on civilian workers' paychecks.

“Most people live pretty close to the line,” he said.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday that President Barack Obama wants a balanced approach to replacing the $1 trillion in cuts, meaning he wants more revenue, potentially from changes in the tax code.

Carney said the president “has put forward a good-faith proposal that met Republicans more than halfway in the effort to achieve significant deficit reduction in a responsible, balanced way that doesn't allow for the across-the-board cuts in defense or nondefense spending that everybody understands to be a bad thing.

“And we look forward to working with Republicans and Democrats to enact that approach, because it's the right thing to do.”

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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