Overton Brooks VA Medical Center is saved from the sequester. However, there's no doubt the sweeping and deep federal spending cuts will have an effect on Louisiana. State law enforcement could lose more than $200,000 in Justice Assistance Grants, which help pay for crime prevention, drug treatment and more. However, Shreveport and Bossier City Police Departments aren't too concerned about the possible loss.
"Sequestration will not impact or have any effect on the grants we have already been awarded," SPD's Bill Goodin said. As for future grants, Goodin says there's a chance none will be received.
"We have those funds. We're spending those funds, but any grants we might apply for, from this point forward, we just don't know what the ultimate reality is going to be," Goodin said. "In other words, we're not sure what funds if any will be available for us."
It's the same story over in Bossier City. Public information officer Mark Natale says his department is prepared for any future losses in its budget and their operations won't change.
"There could be changes made down the line, regarding the budget," Natale said. "So, some of this money can be reinstated if it's taken away. There are lot a of unanswered questions at this point, but the bottom line is if the money goes away its not going to effect how we enforce the law."
Medical services at Overton Brooks won't be effected either. Spokesperson Sandy Franks says the hospital along with other VA services have been exempted.
"The healthcare administration, that's us here at Overton Brooks, and then the veterans' benefit administration, and the national cemetery," Franks said. "We were told that none of those agencies underneath the umbrella of the VA will be effected by this."
Federal lawmakers had until midnight Thursday to find a solution.