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March 21, 2013

Section 8 cuts feared in Traverse City

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Sequester cuts are part of the Budget Control Act of 2011. The plan was to make cuts so drastic they would force a political compromise to address the federal deficit, but no deal was reached. The 2013 cuts scheduled to begin at the end of the month call for $42.7 billion to defense, $28.7 billion in domestic discretionary cuts, $9.9 billion slashed from Medicare and $4 billion more to other programs.

Benishek said the House of Representatives passed legislation last week to attempt to address the sequester. That legislation is now in the Senate.

As for Volz, he’s contacting his legislators to express concern about his future.

“I called all of my senators -- that’s what we all need to be doing,” he said.

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