Sen. Bob Corker: 'We're better off letting the sequester happen'

4:13 PM, Feb 22, 2013   |    comments
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Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said the country could be "better off letting the sequester happen," rather than postponing budget cuts for a later date.

10News spoke with Corker about the looming sequester that could take effect March 1, 2013 on Friday.  

If congress doesn't reach a decision $85 billion in spending cuts will occur in one week.  The US Department of Defense could see the biggest hit from the spending cuts.  Seven-hundred thousand civilian workers could be furloughed one day a week.  Medicare, medicaid and veterans affairs payments are immune from cuts.  

This is not the case for education.  State and districts could lose $4.1 billion in federal funds.  Other federal departments, like the FBI, the National Park Service and the FAA are also talking furloughs and cuts in services.  

Corker said he doesn't think lawmakers will reach an agreement between now and March 1.

The senator said although some crucial programs are on the line, the sequester could have a silver lining.

"It's a ham-handed approach.  We should be far more thoughtful than we are about how we do things," said Corker.  "We're better off letting the sequester happen, than kick the can down the road, than not dealing with the budgetary issues that we have as a nation."

Corker said the sequester should force congress to compromise, rather than continue to put off a budget decision.

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