Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says he is asking his department to begin taking steps to freeze civilian hiring, delay some contract awards and curtail some maintenance to prepare for drastic budget cuts if Congress can't reach an agreement on a final spending plan.
But he says the department must prepare for the worst.
An additional $110 billion in cuts to military and domestic programs will take effect in early March if no agreement is reached.
- from The Associated Press
Thursday, December 8, 2016, Watertown, NY