The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • U.S. Senator on Fort: Severe cuts unlikely

  • A recent Army study indicates the number of personnel at Fort Leavenworth could be cut in half.
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  • A recent Army study indicates the number of personnel at Fort Leavenworth could be cut in half.
    But, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said cuts that severe won't happen.
    "I'm not saying rest easy," Roberts said Thursday during a town hall meeting at Leavenworth City Hall.
    But, he said appropriate action will be taken to avoid such cuts. He said he will work to shut down the Senate if things get out of hand.
    Roberts, who is seeking re-election in November, said potential cuts being discussed for Fort Leavenworth are worst-case scenario.
"That's not going to happen," he said.
    A Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment study released in June indicates Fort Leavenworth could lose as many as 2,500 soldiers and civilian employees starting in October 2015.
    The potential cuts would be the result of budget sequestration measures.
    Fort Leavenworth is one of more than 30 Army installations looked at in the study.
    Roberts said the Kansas delegation from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives already have written to the Secretary of the Army and Army chief of staff regarding the potential cuts.
    He said significant cuts already have been made to the military.
    "We're down to the bone," he said. "We're down to the marrow of the bone."
    He said given the events occurring in the world, now is not the time to make further cuts to the military.
    Roberts will be facing Democrat Chad Taylor, Libertarian Randall Batson and independent Greg Orman in the Nov. 4 general election.
    In a Rasmussen Reports poll released Monday, Roberts leads Taylor by 4 percentage points, according to a report on the polling company's website.
    During Thursday's town hall meeting, Roberts argued the Senate is being controlled by one person, Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is working on behalf of President Barack Obama.
    Roberts called Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, a one-man rules committee in the Senate.
    Roberts accused Reid of taking away the rights of the minority party in the Senate.
    Roberts said the only answer for restoring minority rights is for a Republican takeover of the Senate in the November election.
    He argued for more government oversight if Republicans take control of the Senate.
    "We should really give the whole government a good shaking," he said.
    Roberts said a common question he hears concerns why Republicans and Democrats can't work together for the good of the country.
    He said there are significant differences between the philosophies of House Republicans and Senate Democrats and the president.
    "We're getting some things done," he said.
    As successes, he cited the prevention of cuts to crop insurance in a farm bill and securing funding for a new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan.
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