New York Senator Chuck Schumer says he's optimistic Congress will come to a deal to avoid big cuts at military bases like Fort Drum.
Schumer is talking about the approximately $50 billion in automatic cuts that will take place this year if Congress doesn't reach an agreement by March 1.
Schumer says there's bipartisan support for avoiding those automatic cuts, also known as sequestration.
"There are several plans in action and this is one place that both Democrats and Republicans say we must avoid," Schumer said.
"Unlike some of the other issues -- the tax issues and the Medicare issues -- there's more bipartisan support to end sequestration."
On Thursday, in a preemptive move, defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered cutbacks because he doesn't think Congress will reach a deal in time.
That means a civilian hiring freeze for now.
Friday, September 30, 2016, Watertown, NY
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