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Rep. Young: Budget cuts would be ‘crippling’ to Alaska

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Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012 12:13 am

FAIRBANKS — U.S. Rep. Don Young said impending federal budget cuts will be “crippling” for Alaska.

“I stayed in Washington, D.C., through the holidays to be available for any potential votes and stand ready today to act,” he said. “As I have said before, sequestration will have crippling effects on Alaska.

“If Congress fails to act in the coming days, Alaska’s military bases and the jobs that come with it, as well as the countless federal employees, will suffer drastic cuts,” he said.

White House officials are slated to meet with Democratic and Republican leaders of both chambers today.

Young, a Republican, said the Democratic-controlled Senate should pass the plans already put forward by the Republican-led House and that President Obama should sign it.

“It is up to the president to lead and the Senate to do its job and finally act on tax and spending reduction bills that have already passed here in the House of Representatives to ensure that when middle-class families wake up on Jan. 1, 2013, they aren’t subjected to the biggest tax increase in modern history,” Young said.

Contact staff writer Matt Buxton at 459-7544 or follow him on Twitter: @FDNMpolitics.

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