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Miss. National Guard could face cuts in sequestration

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(WMC-TV) - The countdown is on to federal budget cuts with real consequences in the Mid-South. One thing that could be hit hard is the Mississippi National Guard.

In spite of that, there seems to be very little urgency from the White House or congress to avoid them.

As the clock ticks down to possibly billions of dollars slashed from the federal budget, Mississippi's front line of defense will be at the front line of the cuts.

General Augustus Collins with the Mississippi National Guard is paying close attention to the projected cuts known as sequestration. He hopes a deal is reached but plans are being made should the cuts happen.

If cuts are made, the state's national guard force may have to periodically do without some of its workforce.

"Military pay accounts are not going to be affected by sequestration but it's our department of army civilians that work for us. We're more concerned with them," said General Collins.

About 1,400 technicians would fall into that category.

At this point, any cuts and furloughs are just a possibility. Essential employees, based on missions, would be exempt. Nonetheless, the American Legion's national commander is concerned.

The cuts are expected to have an affect on the department of defense. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant says the biggest issue with the sequester isn't looming cuts, but instead the political games being played inside the White House and the U.S. Capitol.

Bryant expects some deal will be reached eventually.

"I think the president will come to the realization that those type of draconian cuts do not need to be made," said Governor Bryant.

President Obama and congressional leaders are not meeting until Friday. That is the same day the sequester cuts are slated to take effect.

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