Barksdale Air Force Base -- and every U.S. defense post -- faces disproportionate budget cuts under the sequestration plan due to take effect March 1. That's the word from Louisiana Senator David Vitter.
The sequestration cuts are 10-percent across-the-board cuts totaling $1.2 trillion over the next decade. Half the cuts are from defense and the other half from domestic programs. Vitter says that's not fair.
"Fifty percent of the cuts are on defense, which is only 18 percent of the budget," the Republican explained. "So that's my biggest concern. I think we can handle the overall cut number if we rearrange the cuts in a more responsible way."
President Obama is urging Congress to come up with a better deficit cutting plan. But House Republicans reject his demand for new revenue.
While the immediate concern is the furlough of civilian employees, Vitter says defense cuts under sequestration will get worse, since they'll happen every year for the next decade.