Wednesday, October 23 2013, 12:57 PM MDT
Orrin Hatch Continues Budget Battle
(KUTV) The shutdown is ended, but budget battles go on.
Utah Senator Orrin Hatch says a fight is coming soon over sequestration, automatic cuts in federal spending.
The first round of sequestration brought temporary furloughs to some hill workers, and this next round could bring more of the same.
Utah Senator Orrin Hatch says even tea-party republicans don't want any more shutdowns.
He is concerned about automatic cuts in federal spending mandated by a 2011 deal between President Obama and republicans.
Half of all sequestration cuts come from defense, but defense is less than 20 percent of all federal spending.
The first year of sequestration brought furloughs to Hill Air Force Base, this year the cuts go deeper and may bring more difficulty.
Democrats want to ease spending cuts for domestic programs, and say they'll ease defense cuts in return.
Hatch doesn't' think a deal to end sequesters and spend more will fly.
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