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National Guard might feel impact of federal budget cuts

9:57 PM, Feb. 16, 2013
Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, right, joined by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., on Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the potential effects of the looming cuts to the defense budget. Calling the possible cuts 'particularly tragic because they are avoidable,' Carter urged lawmakers to put aside their partisan differences and head off the reductions, known as sequestration, and also pass a defense budget for the current fiscal year.
Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, right, joined by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., on Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the potential effects of the looming cuts to the defense budget. Calling the possible cuts 'particularly tragic because they are avoidable,' Carter urged lawmakers to put aside their partisan differences and head off the reductions, known as sequestration, and also pass a defense budget for the current fiscal year.
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Unless Congress cuts a deal to avert a series of automatic spending cuts set to take place March 1, the effects on the nation's military readiness will be disastrous, the Department of Defense's top leaders said Tuesday when they testified before the Senate's Armed Services Committee.

The cuts also could have far-reaching implications for the 10,000 Wisconsin National Guard soldiers and airmen, who primarily are funded by the federal government, and defense contractors in the state.

"Although National Guard warfighters will continue to receive support, the ability to provide ready ...

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