Politics
4:34 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Chambers Against Defense Cuts

The Clarksville and Christian County Chambers of Commerce are both behind a measure to keep the spending cuts in the 2011 Budget Control Act from taking effect.  

The Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act would prevent $500 billion in defense spending cuts from taking effect in January.  The defense cuts result from a congressional super committee’s failure to recommend $1 trillion in federal budget cuts.

Christian County Chamber President Carter Hendricks says if the potential cuts impact Fort Campbell it could hurt the economy of many cities outside of his community. 

“Fort Campbell represents a $4.5 billion dollar impact on our regional community. It’s not just an issue for Hopkinsville and Clarksville but about a 250 mile radius."

The House passed the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act in May, but the Senate isn't likely to take up the measure.