U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says if automatic budget cuts come into play later this week, there could be devastating effects on Scott Air Force Base.  Durbin, who is the new Chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee met with reporters at the base on Monday and briefed the base commander and other top officers on the investments needed to keep the base strong.

Scott is one of the region's largest employers, with a workforce of more than 5,000 civilians in addition to 7,000 military personnel, and contributes an estimated $3 billion a year to the area’s economy.  The sequester will chop about 85 million dollars off the federal budget, and much of that will hit states' wallets as well.  The Obama administration has released a state-by-state report on what the impacts are.  Unless Congress stops it, the budget cuts will go through on Friday.  

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