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Sequestration will begin unless deal is made

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Congressman Mo Brooks said he sees what he calls a 99.9 percent chance there will be no deal to head off these cuts, and they will hit at the end of this month. Congressman Mo Brooks said he sees what he calls a 99.9 percent chance there will be no deal to head off these cuts, and they will hit at the end of this month.
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MADISON, AL (WAFF) -

In about two weeks, the impact of sequestration could be seen.

If Congress does not reach a deal before March 1, there will be $1.2-trillion in cuts over the next decade.

Furloughs by the agriculture department could mean higher prices and a shortage of meat, poultry, and eggs, and there could be longer waits at the airport due to TSA cuts. Officials with the Department of Interior say they will reduce hours at national parks.

The cuts are also expected to hit America's national defense hard.

At this point, Congressman Mo Brooks said he sees what he calls a 99.9 percent chance there will be no deal to head off these cuts, and they will hit at the end of this month.

The sequestration cuts are scheduled to kick in because Congress has not been able to make a deal to reduce the federal budget deficit, which has been running over a trillion dollars a year.

Brooks said cuts to defense would dangerously jeopardize American security and could cost the Tennessee Valley more than 30,000 jobs.

But he said he has seen no movement from the Senate or the White House to make a deal, although he said the U.S. House has looked at several promising ideas to make up the budget shortfall.

"Use the 'Obamacare' taxes to pay for sequestration. 'Obamacare' is bad for healthcare of American citizens. Rather than spending all this money on a system that's going to decrease the quality of our healthcare, why not spend it on national defense which is the number one priority of the federal government?" said Brooks.

He said he has seen statements from the Senate and the White House and press conferences and speeches but no actual legislative proposals that could cut the deficit and head off sequestration.

Brooks did vote against the automatic sequestration cuts back when the idea was originally conceived back in 2011.

He said the real time to prevent it was back then.

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