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Havelock leaders discussing sequestration, more with D.C. reps

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HAVELOCK, N.C. -

Havelock city leaders want Congress to act now to avoid the effects of budget cuts here in the East.

They met with Congressman Walter Jones, Senator Kay Hagan, and Senator G.K. Butterfield late last week in Washington, D.C.

They spoke about several things, including sequestration, the federal spending cuts that kicked in earlier this month.

Thousands of civilian workers at cherry point have been notified they could be furloughed as a result of the cuts.

Havelock's mayor pro tem, Will Lewis, says the trip helps our local representatives in Washington understand how big of an impact the cuts could have.

"Regularly there's a detachment from that. I think going and looking them in the eye and saying this is the impact our community will face based on the decision this Congress has made helps them remember that this is real," said Lewis.

Lewis says cuts to the Department of Defense are almost unavoidable, but he's hoping Congress will reduce the amount that's cut from the DOD.

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Several city leaders from Havelock are in our nation's capital today, talking directly with North Carolina representatives.

The mayor, mayor pro tem, Commissioner Danny Walsh and the city manager have meetings planned with Senator Hagan, Congressman Butterfield and Congressman Jones to discuss the upcoming fiscal year.  
     
The group also plans to meet with leaders to discuss the impacts of sequestration on the community, both short term and long term.
     
This is an annual trip that leaders say has been productive in the past.

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